The next era of air travel starts Saturday with Delta selling top domestic business routes on the new A220-100 aircraft, a state-of-the-art narrowbody jet with all the amenities and luxury of a widebody aircraft. Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on Jan. 31, 2019, from Delta's hub at New York's LaGuardia airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth.*
*Denotes route that will eventually be operated fully by A220
**Available for sale Oct. 20
Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly known as the "C Series," which will feature a modern interior with a spacious, widebody feel, and best-in-class fuel performance.airbus-a220-in-paint-shop-2018.jpg
Delta is upgrading its fleet to replace less-efficient aircraft with highly efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft like the A220 as well as new Boeing 737-900ERs, Airbus A321s, Airbus A350s as well as Airbus A330-900neo and Airbus A321neo.
"This aircraft is the culmination of years of listening to our customers and responding with design innovations that continue to improve Delta's domestic in-flight experience," said Tim Mapes, S.V.P.and Chief Marketing Officer. "From high-resolution seat-back entertainment screens to the widest Main Cabin seats in our fleet, the A220 will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly."
Delta A220-100 Highlights:
109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft
Thoughtful innovations like high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting
Delta's A220s will feature 18.6" wide Main Cabin seats – the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta's fleet – in a two-by-three layout. Each customer will also have personal power ports and complimentary premium entertainment on individual seat-back screens.
Customers flying in Delta Comfort+ on the A220 can expect thoughtful extras, like more legroom and dedicated overhead bin space, in a customer-preferred two-by-three seat configuration.
In the First Class cabin, customers can look forward to the debut of a new, modern First Class seat design in a two-by-two layout, featuring the largest IFE screens of any Delta domestic First Class seat.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney's latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta.
The first A220 rolled out of the paint shop in Mirabel last month and is now receiving finishing touches on the assembly line after its first test flight last week. Delta will take delivery of the first aircraft later this month.
Delta's multi-billion dollar investment in the onboard customer experience includes a cabin modernization program featuring new seats, seatback entertainment systems with free entertainment, free mobile messaging, high-capacity overhead bins, access to Wi-Fi on nearly all flights, free Main Cabin meals on select flights, upgraded Main Cabin snacks, the addition of sparkling wine, an Alessi-designed collection of serviceware, Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, chef-curated meals paired with wines hand-selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, noise-canceling LSTN headphones and more. In 2017 Delta welcomed the A350 to its fleet – the airline's new flagship aircraft introducing the award-winning Delta One Suite and Delta Premium Select cabins.