After planning for a large single aisle aircraft order earlier this year, Delta Airlines has just ordered 100 A321neo aircraft. They will be replacing the MD-90, A320, and 757. Deliveries are scheduled to start about 2 years from now from 2020 until 2023. They will most likely be built at Airbus’s assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.
Personally, I think this is the right choice to replace the 757. It has a long range, holds about the same amount of PAX, and even looks similar.
However, I don’t think it is a good replacement for the A320s and MD-90s. These A321s will have 197 seats, which is more than is needed for smaller routes flown by the A320 and MD-90. I hope to see another order of smaller aircraft to replace those, as there is a large gap between CS100s and A321s that hasn’t been filled yet.
I am looking really forward to these, as I fly Delta a lot, and the older aircraft really need replaced.
What to do you guys think about Delta’s decision? Do you expect another order?