Delta Air Lines books order for additional 15 Airbus A220 aircraft

Increases Delta’s A220 commitment to 90 aircraft, including first for -300

Delta Air Lines has ordered 15 additional A220 aircraft, bringing to 90 the total number of the new generation, highly fuel-efficient jetliners the world’s second-largest airline has on order. The additional orders are the airline’s first for the -300 model. Delta also converted earlier A220 orders to the larger -300, bringing to 50 the number of A220-300s on order.

“These additional A220 aircraft will continue to strategically enable Delta to refresh our fleet, drive further advances in the customer experience and serve as an excellent investment for our customers, employees and shareowners for Delta into the next decade,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to taking our first A220-300 in 2020 at the Airbus assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.”

Delta placed its initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016. Airbus will produce the A220-300s at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later in January.

“Delta has always been deeply focused on the passenger experience, and the A220 fits perfectly with that philosophy,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “You just need to take a look at Delta’s cabin on the A220 to see it’s setting a new standard in short-haul flying. The A220 will provide passengers with a level of comfort and convenience that makes flying a pleasure again, while meeting Delta’s high standards for efficiency and reliability.”

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true widebody comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,920 km), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

With an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

#Delta #A220 #Airbus @DeltaNewsHub

 

Source : Airbus WEBSITE

Airbus, Delta Air Lines partner on Skywise open-data platform and predictive maintenance services

A330-300 Delta Air Lines’ 242T
  On 28 May 2015, Delta Air Lines became the first customer to take delivery of the enhanced 242-tonne maximum take-off weight A330-300 variant, which allows for longer flights at lower costs

• As a recognized leader in innovation, Delta Air Lines partnered with Airbus to enhance Skywise

• Through the agreement, an additional 400 Delta aircraft will be connected to Skywise

Delta Air Lines has entered into a multi-year contract with Airbus to continue using the Skywise open-data platform and related predictive maintenance services. The airline will expand the use of the tool to its A320 and A330 fleets – comprising around 400 aircraft – to track and analyse their operations and performance data and assess failure probabilities in order to anticipate maintenance tasks.

Delta was one of the airlines involved in the development of Skywise Predictive Maintenance by co-designing, testing and making improvement recommendations about some of its key features.

“Skywise is the latest example of our great partnership with Airbus,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “Delta people are continuously focused on improving the experience for customers, and this new tool will enable them to provide an exceptional, reliable experience.”

“I’m extremely proud to see our long-time partner Delta Air Lines, one of the leading airlines of the world, join the Skywise platform,” said Tom Enders, Airbus’ CEO. “Skywise is propelling the aviation industry to new levels of productivity and efficiency, and it is truly becoming an industry flagship. I want to thank Delta for their trust and confidence.”

Skywise was developed to enable Airbus, airlines, equipment manufacturers and maintenance operators to tap into vast amounts of aircraft operational and performance data and identify areas of improvement. Skywise can gather and track many thousands of data parameters on aircraft in operation.

Use of the Skywise-based applications to analyse extensive aircraft data can enable airlines to identify efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced revenue opportunities. Key applications help airlines reduce operational interruptions, maximise aircraft utilisation and flight operations. In particular, Skywise Predictive Maintenance enables them to turn unscheduled maintenance into scheduled maintenance and thus optimise aircraft operations. Airbus rolled-out the Skywise platform at the Paris Air Show in 2017.

#Delta #SkywisebyAirbus #A320 #A330

 

Source :  Airbus Website

First Delta Air Lines A220-100 rolls out of painting hangar in Mirabel

First Delta Air Lines A220 rolls out of paint shop in Mirabel 1

Delta Air Lines` first Airbus A220-100 was introduced this week after rolling out of the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel, Québec. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, featuring a state-of-the art interior and delivering best-in-class fuel performance.

Now that the aircraft is decked out in Delta’s livery, it will move to pre flight activities in the A220 flight line hangar in Mirabel before taking off for its first flight later this fall.

Delta’s first A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019.

@Delta #A220

 

Source :  Airbus Website

Boeing to Release Fourth-Quarter Results on January 31

CHICAGODec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Performance & Strategy Greg Smith will discuss the results and company outlook during a conference call that day at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The event will be webcast at http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1553658/FBA74299B5B24F4F1A6690D0E3164B09.

The event can also be accessed by dialing 1-800-230-1059 within the U.S. and by dialing 612-288-0329 outside of the U.S. The passcode for both is “Boeing.”

Individuals should check the webcast site prior to the session to ensure their computers can access the audio stream and slide presentation. Instructions for obtaining the required free downloadable software will be posted on the site.

A Boeing news release and presentation materials will be posted to the Investors section of www.boeing.com prior to the event.

Contact:

Investor Relations: (312) 544-2140
Communications: (312) 544-2002

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SOURCE: Boeing WEBSITE

 

Delta Air Lines places order for 100 A321neo ACF aircraft

Underscores airline’s confidence in Airbus single-aisle family

Delta Air Lines today placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The U.S.-based carrier selected the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family to meet Delta’s future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity. The airline’s A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.

“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “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.”

“We at Airbus are very happy we won this hotly-contested campaign, together with our partner Pratt, and we are proud to serve Delta with the A321neo. This important order will further strengthen our partnership with Delta – one of the world’s best airlines – which we have developed over many years.” said Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “It is also good news for our employees in Mobile, Alabama, where most of the Delta planes will be manufactured. We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Delta colours soon.”

Delta’s announcement on the A321neo ACF follows several orders in recent years for the current engine option (ceo) version of the A321. Delta has ordered a total of 117 A321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.

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 percent share of the market.

Most of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline has taken delivery of 13 U.S.-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year.  In addition, the 50th aircraft to be produced by the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility will be delivered to Delta later this week. The Mobile factory produces four aircraft per month for delivery to Airbus’ U.S. customers. Plans for further production ramp up are currently being discussed.

In addition to Airbus’ U.S. manufacturing, the company has a long and strong partnership with American aerospace supplier companies.  Today, there is more U.S. content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40% of the company’s aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States.

As of the end of November, Delta was flying a fleet of 196 Airbus aircraft, including 150 A320 Family members, 42 A330 widebodies, and four A350 XWB aircraft.

 

Source  :  Airbus WEBSITE

Delta Orders 10 more A321s

Aircraft are in addition to 30 ordered by Delta in May

After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 10 more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show.

Like previous Delta orders for the A321, the 10 aircraft announced today are for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 Family member. The airline took delivery of its first A321 in March of last year. Delta now has ordered a total of 122 A321s, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.

“The A321 is fast becoming a favorite aircraft of our customers and employees alike,” said Greg May, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Supply Chain Management and Fleet. “Its excellent operating economics and customer capacity also make it a great fit for our U.S. domestic network.”

“This order for 10 more A321s from Delta shows yet again the confidence this great airline has in this great aircraft,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers for Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “Passengers, airline crews and investors look to the A320 Family to deliver unsurpassed comfort, economy and reliability.  We are most gratified to keep providing Delta with the aircraft platforms on which they can deliver their own, unique brand of ‘service and hospitality from the heart.’”

All of Delta’s A321s feature fuel-saving Sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that offer up to 4 percent fuel-burn savings. This environmental benefit gives airlines the option of extending their range up to 100 nautical miles/185 kilometres or increasing payload capacity by some 1000 pounds/450 kilograms.

Many of Delta’s A321s are being delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline received its first U.S.-manufactured A321 last year.  By the end of 2017, the Airbus facility in Mobile is expected to produce four aircraft per month, most going to Airbus’ U.S. customers.

As of the end of May, Delta was flying a fleet of 188 Airbus aircraft, including 146 A320 Family members and 42 A330 widebodies.  Later this year, Delta will become the first U.S. airline to operate the new Airbus A350 XWB, or eXtra Wide Body aircraft.  Delivery of Delta’s first A350 is slated for this summer.

 

Source  :  Airbus Website

Delta Air Lines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

Airbus delivers the new A321 in Mobile, Alabama

The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Delta Air Lines took place today, in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Delta Air Lines, a team of Delta employees from the airline’s Minneapolis-St. Paul station, and representatives of the more than 370 employees at the facility.

Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas said, “Airbus is committed to giving our customers the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and passenger-friendly aircraft.  Delta has recognized our commitment to our customers, and has determined we were the right partner for them. Delta already operates 137 A320 family aircraft and 40 A330 and have another 123 aircraft on order—including A320 family, A330 and A350 aircraft. Just this year, Delta placed its third A321 ceo order in three years. So this is definitely the first of many deliveries Delta will take from Mobile in the next few years.”

“The first Delta A321 produced in Mobile will be our 12th overall for Delta. We look forward to taking many more A321s in the years ahead to safely and comfortably get our customers to their destinations,” said Greg May, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Supply Chain Management and Fleet. “We appreciate our partnership with Airbus and the great manufacturing work produced at the Mobile facility.”

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today is the 15th aircraft delivered from the Mobile facility.

Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud to boast that more than 85 percent of its employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans.

Airbus Website

Delta orders the CSeries

Delta Orders State-of-the-Art, Fuel-Efficient Bombardier C Series (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Bombardier’s CSeries has received its first order from a US carrier, with Delta Air Lines to purchase 75 CS100s and hold options over a further 50 aircraft.

The order is the latest show of confidence in the CSeries program in 2016, after Air Canada ended a year-long order drought in February when it signed a letter of intent to buy 45 CS300s, as well as options for 30 more of the type.

Delta said the CSeries would help the Skyteam member and Virgin Australia alliance partner “reshape and upgauge” its narrowbody fleet, adding that some of the 50 options may be converted to the larger CS300s at a future time.

“As we reshape our fleet for the future, the innovative onboard experience of the C Series is a perfect complement for the top-notch service provided every day by Delta people,” Delta’s incoming chief executive Ed Bastian said in a statement.

“These new aircraft are a solid investment, allowing us to take advantage of superior operating economics, network flexibility and best-in-class fuel performance.”

First delivery to Delta was expected to take place in 2018.

As a result of its CSeries order, Delta said it would no longer bring the Embraer E190 into its fleet as planned.

The CS100 – one of its flight test aircraft four was on display at the Singapore Airshow in Swiss livery in February – was certified at the end of 2015, with entry into service with launch customer Swiss due before the end of June. The CS300 is expected to follow six months later.

The smaller CS100 is designed to seat 110 passengers in a single-class configuration, while the larger CS300 can carry 135 passengers based on 32in seat pitch.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s  PW1500G geared turbofan, the CSeries competes for the lower end of the narrowbody market alongside the Embraer E2 and Mitsubishi Regional Jet, and to a lesser degree designs from Sukhoi and COMAC.

Bombardier CSeries CS100 flight test aircraft, C-GWXZ, at Singapore Airshow.

Securing Delta as its first US customer for the CSeries may help make up for Bombardier’s unsuccessful efforts to complete a deal with United in January, when the Star Alliance carrier ended up signing for Boeing 737-700NGs for what market analysts said was a very low price.

“We are very proud to welcome Delta as a C Series customer and to expand our partnership with such a prestigious airline,” Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare said.

“Given Delta’s position as one of the world’s largest and most respected airlines, this deal is a strong endorsement of the C Series as the best performing aircraft in the 100-150 passenger class.

Delta, which has retired 280 50-seat aircraft and 130 other narrowbody aircraft since 2009, said the CSeries would support the airline’s efforts to reduce fuel consumption and cut its carbon footprint.

(Read more about Bombardier and the CSeries in the April edition of Australian Aviation.)

 

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission green lights extension of Virgin Australia-Delta Air Lines trans-Pacific alliance

Virgin's Direct LAX-MEL services will cease on Oct 25. (Rob Finlayson)
A Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER. (Rob Finlayson)

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR used on the airline's Sydney-Los Angeles service. (Delta)

Australia’s competition regulator has given the green light for Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines to maintain their joint-venture partnership on trans-Pacific routes for the next five years.

In a draft decision, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it has granted interim authorisation for the two carriers to continue their alliance, arguing it would be benefit consumers.

“The ACCC accepts that this combined network is likely to be valued by travellers between Australia and the US, since the majority of such passengers connect from and/or to destinations behind and beyond the key gateway points,” ACCC Commissioner Jill Walker said in a statement on Thursday.

“This is reflected in the growing number of passengers utilising such connecting services.

“The ACCC considers that the alliance has resulted in enhanced products and services including increased and better online connections, access to each other’s frequencies, better schedule spread, loyalty program benefits, and improved lounge access.”

The ACCC said an integrated Virgin-Delta network would enable both carriers to compete more effectively with the likes of United and Qantas on Australia-US routes.

Virgin and Delta both offer a daily service from Sydney to Los Angeles, while Virgin also flies daily between Brisbane and Los Angeles.

The ACCC noted the combined Virgin and Delta market share on the Sydney-Los Angeles route of about 35 per cent increased the risk that some passengers might pay higher ticket prices with the alliance.

However, the Sydney-Los Angeles route had the greatest demand and the largest number of competitors, Dr Walker said. Qantas and United also fly between the NSW capital and Los Angeles.

“The ACCC has reached the view that the alliance is likely to result in public benefit that would outweigh the detriment to the public through any lessening of competition,” Dr Walker said.

Virgin chief executive John Borghetti welcomed the ACCC decision.

“We are committed to working with our partner Delta to boost tourism and continue to bring strong competition to trans-Pacific travel,” Borghetti said in a statement.

In January, Virgin and Delta applied for a 10-year authorisation for their alliance, covering codesharing on each other’s services, reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, the ability to coordinate prices, schedules and routes as well as share revenue under the concept of “metal neutrality”.

In March, Delta president Ed Bastian said the immediate objective of their trans-Pacific joint-venture was to consolidate existing routes rather than add new services.

Bastien told reporters during a visit to Sydney Delta and Virgin had grown market share quickly since their partnership began in 2009 and the focus was on making sure that market share matured before adding incremental capacity.

“Our service is only five years old and I think we would like to make certain over time that we grow from a solid base of partnership before adding more flights,” Bastien said on March 18.

“At the present time we are going to keep what we’ve got and see how we can grow the market over time.”

Submissions in response to the draft decision were due by June 26 2015.

 

Australian Aviation