The Delta crew ferried the new A330-900 back to the companys Atlanta base using a jet fuel blended from conventional sources and non-petroleum synthetic fuel.
Delta takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo
The A330neo family is an updated, re-engined development of the A330 twinjet which Airbus claims offers 25 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared with its predecessor, thanks to new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and a revised wing incorporating increased span and A350 XWB-inspired sharklets.
Delta was the launch customer for the A330-900, ordering 25 in November 2014 and an additional 10 last year. With the addition of the A330-900, Delta is now operating both of Airbus newest widebody models. It has 13 A350-900s in its fleet with another 12 on order. Delta operates more than 265 Airbus aircraft including A321s and A220s, and the airlines order backlog with Airbus exceeds 270 including 100 A321neos.
Airbus delivers first A330neo to Delta Air Lines, to be based in Boeings backyard at Seattle
Delta will initially base its A330-900 fleet at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where it will operate flights to Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo Narita. The aircraft are configured for 281 passengers, including 29 in business-class suites, 28 in premium economy, 56 in extra-legroom economy seats, and 168 in standard economy.
Delta Air Lines today took delivery of their first Airbus A330-900neo. It doing so becoming the third operator of the type and the first operator in North America operating an Airbus A330neo family aircraft.
Delta and Airbus teams at Toulouse with the first Delta Airbus A330-900neo – Image, Delta/Airbus.
The Airbus A330-900neo is being delivered from Airbus Toulouse to Atlanta, where Delta Technical Operations will take over to continue the work to bring the aircraft into operation within the Delta fleet.
The plane was delivered fuelled with synthetic jet fuel, compared to the normal aviation fuel used.
It will feature a variant of the Airspace by Airbus cabin and with large overhead bins, at seat in-flight entertainment system, Wi-Fi-based IFE and Gogo 2Ku connectivity.
Once the A330-900neo enters service, its first base will be Seattle, where they will be used to connect Seattle to Asia, with the following routes confirmed
For Delta, it’s a first step with the A330-900neo – but an important one. With the airline committing to purchasing 35 frames, it will allow older aircraft to be retired – specifically, the Boeing 767-300ER fleet as they approach the end of their operable life.
Combined with commonalities with the A330-200/300 family the airlines run already, the new fleet should integrate well.
Delta has a total of 35 purchase commitments for the A330-900neo as older 767-300ERs retire in the years ahead.
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