Delta Highlights Newest Jet During Event Celebrating Northwest Merger Anniversary

Delta executives and employees celebrate 10th anniversary of merger with Northwest (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Peter Biondi)

Delta shared a sneak peek of the new Airbus A220-100 to the media Monday during an event in Atlanta to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Delta merger with Northwest. Hundreds of Delta employees lined up for their first chance to see the new aircraft.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian delivered a speech praising the results of the merger and thanking those who make Delta a successful airline. The program included a ribbon cutting ceremony, which included employees from different areas. This first aircraft was delivered in Quebec, Canada on Oct. 26 before heading to Atlanta.

The A220-100

In regards to the new airplane Delta Chief Marketing Office, Tim Mapes told: “We are listening to customers and doing something about it. We deliver what customers say they value and what drives customer satisfaction. We want to build a better customer experience.”

Delta’s first A220 in Atlanta (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Peter Biondi)

He explained that for Americans, entertainment is a huge part of that especially for younger generations that enjoy more than one screen at the same time. Now passengers may use a laptop computer, phones, and tablets at the same time while on the airplane. Passengers will find a great deal of innovation on the seat back of the A220 with a high-resolution screen larger than what someone would expect on an airplane this size. The idea is that passengers coming out of an A350 or a 777 will find similarity in quality of seating, entertainment and Wi-Fi.

Features of the airplane include:

  • 109 seat configuration, including 12 seats in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in the main cabin.
  • High Resolution 13.3 IFE screens with personal power ports
  • 2Ku fast Wi-Fi
  • 18.6 inches seats in the main cabin with larger shoulder space in a two-by-three layout
  • High capacity overhead bins
  • Extra-large windows
  • Full-spectrum LED ambient lighting
  • Lavatory in the back of the airplane with a window
  • High powered USB ports in each monitor for fast device charging

The Delta A220 will enter service on Jan. 31, 2019 in routes between New York-LGA to Boston and Dallas/Ft Worth. The aircrafts will operate point-to-point flights and feed hubs like Detroit.

Delta currently has 75 A220-100s on order. They will replace an aging fleet of regional jets.

Peter Biondi

Peter Biondi has a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in airline/airport management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a former professor of Airline Management, Airline Marketing, Airport Management, Aviation safety, and Introduction to the Aviation Industry. He is an IATA instructor in airline business foundation. He has worked as an aviation consultant, analyst, researcher, journalist and professor. His professional experience includes Varig – Brazilian Airlines, KLM, and British Airways. Before moving to the US, he lived in Europe and South America. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.