Airbus Delivers Delta’s 50th A220 Aircraft

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Delta today took delivery of their 50th Airbus A220 Aircraft. The airline has been rapidly expanding its fleet over the past few years, with the first plane joining the fleet only in October 2018. Airbus’ latest A220, the larger -300 variant, was delivered from its manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.

It was an important milestone for both Delta and its manufacturer, Airbus, this week when Delta officially took delivery of its 50th A220. The occasion was celebrated by a group of Delta employees, who picked up the new aircraft in Mobile. In addition, the delivery underscores the airline’s commitment to the A220.

As of October 2018, Delta has received its first Airbus A220, which ushered in a new era of short-haul travel (and much more) for the carrier. The first passenger flight took off from New York LaGuardia to Boston in February 2019. Thus, Delta has added 50 A220s in just over 26 months, without even a pandemic slowing it down.

From March to September of last year, the pandemic caused a delivery pause, but things picked up quickly thereafter. Just in October 2020, Delta added 12 new A220s, including the larger, 300-seat A220-300. At one point, the carrier even took a new plane every day of one week in October.

Delta has added 19 new A220s since the pandemic began last year. It includes eight -300 aircraft and 11 smaller -100 aircraft. This is an impressive figure that elevates Delta to Airbus’ second-largest customer by 2020.

Now that 50 aircraft have been delivered, Delta has 45 aircraft left on the books with Airbus. Nearly all of the remaining orders will be for the A220-300, with 41 more expected to join the fleet. In Delta’s vast fleet of over 800 planes, the A220 continues to grow in popularity.

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