The A330-200 is Delta’s least-used aircraft this year, although it is closely followed by the A220-300, A330-900, Embraer 170, and A350-900. It has some 11 A330-200s, with nine active and another due to resume service shortly. With 46 routes this year, we check out its A330-200s.
Delta has 11 Airbus A330-200s in its fleet, ch-aviation.com indicates, of which nine are currently active. With an average age of 16.5 years, all were inherited from Northwest. They each have the same capacity – 234 seats – in a three-class configuration:
- 168 in main cabin (2-4-2 layout)
- 32 in Delta Comfort+ (2-4-2)
- 34 in Delta One (1-2-1)
However, Delta is retrofitting the aircraft with a fourth cabin (Premium Selection or premium economy), expected to be completed by mid-2022. There will also be other enhancements, although it won’t improve business class, which will therefore remain inferior to its A330-900s and flagship A350-900s.
The A330-200 is Delta’s least-used aircraft
Analysis of schedules provided by Delta to OAG indicates that the A330-200 has 1.20 million seats available for sale this year. This is less than any other type, whether narrowbody, widebody, or regional. This partly reflects lower use of smaller widebodies in the past year or so, perhaps because of less cargo capacity.
However, the A220-300 comes exceptionally close in use with approximately 39,000 more seats than the Airbus widebody. Despite Delta having fewer A220-300s (nine) than A330-200s (11), this is obviously offset by the A220 variant having nearly 90% more flights from lots of short flights.
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No widebody makes Delta’s top-10 aircraft list
In a previous analysis, we found that no widebody makes it into Delta’s top-10 most-used aircraft list this year, with the closest being the A330-300 in 12th place and the B767-300ER in 14th.
However, relatively little separates the A330-200 from other, newer widebodies: the A330-900, of which it has 11 with another 27 on order, has 1.42 million seats, not far behind the A350-900 (1.68 million).
The return of N853NW
According to ch-aviation.com, N853NW is presently stored while N857NW is undergoing maintenance. However, 853, a 17.2-year-old delivered to Northwest in September 2004, is expected to resume flying from September 11th, based on Flightradar24 information.
Its scheduled flying that day should see it depart Atlanta at 08:20, arrive Salt Lake City at 10:17 local, leave at 11:55 to Honolulu, and arrive at 14:27. After six-plus hours in Hawaii, it will depart Honolulu at 20:40 bound for the airline’s Utah hub.
Some 46 routes see the A330-200 year
The A330-200 is used on some 46 routes this year, OAG shows, including one-offs and infrequent services. However, the top five routes alone, shown below, have nearly half of the equipment’s seats this year, very much led by hub-to-hub Atlanta to Salt Lake. This airport-pair had up to three outbound flights earlier in the year, although it varies between one and two until the New Year.
- Atlanta-Salt Lake City: 236,808 round-trip seats
- Atlanta-San Juan: 112,554
- Atlanta-Lagos: 98,046
- Salt Lake City-Honolulu: 54,288
- Salt Lake City-Amsterdam: 54,288
What are your memories of Delta’s lower-capacity A330? Let us know in the comments.