Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mobile planes in Delta order

Delta Air Lines plans to buy 40 Airbus jetliners from 2015-17, including 30 single-aisle A321 and 10 wide-body A330s, company officials said. The airline has selected CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power its A321s. As a result of the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines, the Delta fleet includes 126 A320 aircraft. Airbus' new final assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala., will deliver its first A321 jets in the fall of 2016 to Jet Blue Airlines, but Airbus said many of Delta's A321s are expected to be assembled in Mobile at Brookley Aeroplex. Delta's first three A321s will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more throughout the year. The other 15 are scheduled for 2017. (Sources: PRNewswire, Airbus, 09/04/13)