Delta’s first Airbus A321neo takes-off for San Francisco

May 21, 2022

The latest addition to Delta’s fleet, the A321neo, has lifted off from Boston Logan International Airport Friday morning, bound for San Francisco International Airport.

The A321neo featured an improved cabin experience throughout – including a new domestic First Class seat.

The inaugural flight takes off as the airline continues to grow Boston as a major hub with 150 daily nonstop flights to over 50 destinations, a more than 10 per cent increase in capacity since the pre-pandemic height in October 2019.

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By mid-August, it will serve each of Boston’s 20 most popular markets nonstop, including new service to five additional destinations: Tel Aviv (TLV), Athens (ATH), Baltimore (BWI), Denver (DEN) and San Diego (SAN).

“Delta’s A321neo product will deliver a superior premium travel experience for our customers in Boston and around the country,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s S.V.P. – Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain. “The introduction of this state-of-the-art, more fuel-efficient aircraft to our fleet is also an important commitment on our Flight to Net Zero, our journey to decarbonize aviation.”

The A321neo also features 50 per cent more movies, TV shows and music than other aircraft in the fleet. Fast-streaming Wi-Fi is available for purchase, and power ports are available at each seat, along with spacious overhead bins.

Delta’s newest fleet helps to reinforce the company’s position as an industry leader in environmental sustainability. Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines, Delta’s A321neo offers 20 per cent better fuel efficiency over its current A321ceos.

In addition to San Francisco, the airline will operate A321neo flights between its hub at Boston Logan International bound for San Diego (SAN) and Denver (DEN) starting July 11, and on select trips to Seattle (SEA) beginning July 20.

Delta’s A321neos can seat 194 customers, with 20 in First Class, 42 in Delta Comfort+ and 132 in the Main Cabin. The new model will be deployed primarily across Delta’s domestic network, complementing the Airbus A321ceo fleet of more than 125 aircraft.

The airline has purchase commitments for a total of 155 A321neos and is scheduled to take delivery of these aircraft through 2027, many from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. Delta now has 233 new aircraft purchase commitments, including both widebody and narrowbody jets.