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Photos: First Delta A321neo Out of Paint Shop in Hamburg
Delta’s first A321neo made its debut on Friday after exiting Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany. The Atlanta-based airline has 155 total A321neo aircraft on order after recently adding 30 more to its book in August 2021.
The new aircraft’s rollout for the U.S. airline was captured by local planespotters.
According to the carrier, delivery of the new jet is expected in the first half of 2022 with deliveries continuing to 2027. The A321neo fleet is expected to initially operate out of Delta’s Boston focus city, largely replacing the aging 757.
The airline will use Pratt & Whitney PW1100G powerplants, which, according to Delta, achieve 12% greater fuel efficiency on a per-seat basis versus its A321ceo counterpart.
These A321neos will complement Delta’s existing fleet of 127 A321ceo aircraft of which Delta received Airbus’ last delivery for the type in December 2021, per planespotters.net data.
Per the airline, the A321neo will seat 194 passengers, including 20 in first class, 42 in Delta Comfort+, and 132 in economy.
Delta will join Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and jetBlue in operating the A321neo across the United States.
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