Delta Air Lines have today taken delivery of their very first A330-900neo. This makes them only the third operator of the type and the first in North America to introduce the A330neo to their fleet.
Following Delta’s exciting delivery of the 12,000th Airbus plane this week, the US carrier has now received it’s very first A330-900neo.
The aircraft, registered N410DZ flew under Delta flight number 9941 from Toulouse. Interestingly the Delta crew flew this first A330neo back to Atlanta using a non-petroleum synthetic fuel blend. The jet will be undergoing some crew familiarization and inspection before entering into service on July 1st.
Delta’s order of 35 A330neos and for an additional 13 A350-900s, adding to its 12 already in fleet, marks a shift towards a primarily Airbus fleet. Previously, Delta operated the biggest fleet of 767s in the world, but now have a total of 271 Airbus aircraft on order compared to just four from Boeing.
What can we expect from Delta’s A330neo?
The aircraft comes with a three class cabin arrangement, which includes:
- 29 Delta One suites
- 28 Delta Premium Select seats
- 56 Delta Comfort+ seats
- 168 Main Cabin seats
The interior is a modified version of the Airspace by Airbus. It’s got larger overhead bins, in seat power ports at every seat, full spectrum LED mood lighting and memory foam cushioning throughout. The new IFE system will also be on board, using wireless technology for streaming of content. The aircraft also has 2Ku internet connectivity which includes free mobile messaging via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage.
Delta have a total of 35 A330neos on order, adding them to their fleet over the next few years. They are intended to provide a suitable replacement for their aging fleet of Boeing 767-300ERs, which will be retired as the new planes come into service.
As Delta already have 42 A330 family aircraft in their fleet, of the earlier A330-200s and -300s, the new planes should slot quite nicely into their lineup. The A330neo features 25% lower fuel burn per seat, thanks to the on board Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and a wider wingspan than its predecessors, including A350 inspired sharklets.
Where can you fly the new Delta A330-900neo?
The first A330neo will be based at Delta’s hub in Seattle. That’s right on Boeing’s doorstep, and a major snub to the US plane manufacturer. Initially at least, these versatile jets will be used to connect Seattle with Asia.
The carrier has announced the following routes for the new aircraft:
- Seattle to Shanghai: Beginning 1st July
- Seattle to Seoul: Beginning 1st August
- Seattle to Tokyo: Beginning 31st August
In the future, the fleet of A330s has the potential to serve many of the long haul routes currently operated by the 767s. The A330-900 variant delivered today can go 13% further than the A330-300, which opens up routes both transatlantic and transpacific for future operations.
Simple Flying reached out to Delta to see what other routes were being planned for these new planes. Spokesperson Morgan Durrant said,
“There’s no additional routes just yet to be flown by the A330-900neo at Delta, but what we’re most looking ahead to for our customers, particularly our Seattle customers, is the rollout of more choice, comfort and options important to them. This aircraft has the award-winning Delta One suite, the popular Delta Premium Select cabin, Delta Comfort + as well as the main cabin.”
We couldn’t agree more, and are looking forward to seeing more A330neos in Delta livery over the coming months.
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