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U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 100 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft, the largest of the Airbus single-aisle Family. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian is quoted as saying: “This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders. Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience. This order for the state-of-the-art A321neo with Pratt’s Pure Power next-generation jet engines reflects our long-term commitment to these values for Delta people and all our constituents.”
According to Airbus, the A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements allows airlines to make best use of the cabin space with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,300 orders received from 96 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60% share of the market. The majority of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.