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01 June 2015
Commercial Aircraft

Delta Air Lines receives its first 242-tonne A330-300

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29 May 2015

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Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian: “Delta’s addition of this Airbus A330-300 marks a major milestone and reflects our continued strategy of making prudent investments in our fleet that enhance our customer experience and operational reliability”

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29 May 2015

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Taking part in the delivery ceremony for the first A330-300 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant was Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers (left to right)

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29 May 2015

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The first A330-300 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant was delivered to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines during a ceremony held 28 May 2015 at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France

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29 May 2015

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As the launch customer and launch operator for the A330-300 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant, Delta Air Lines – which received its first aircraft on 28 May 2015 – is demonstrating its continued confidence in the performance and comfort of Airbus’ A330

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29 May 2015

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Delta Air Lines brought some 100 employees to celebrate delivery of the first A330-300 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant

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29 May 2015

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The first 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330-300 – which was delivered to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines on 28 May 2015 – is powered by GE CF6-80E1 engines

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27 May 2015

Delta Air Lines’ 242-tonne A330-300_1

Airbus delivered its first 242-tonne maximum take-off weight A330-300 variant on 28 May 2015, with the aircraft received by U.S.-based Delta Air Lines

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27 May 2015

Delta Air Lines’ 242-tonne A330-300_2

On 28 May 2015, Delta Air Lines became the first customer to take delivery of the enhanced 242-tonne maximum take-off weight A330-300 variant, which allows for longer flights at lower costs

The introduction of the first increased maximum take-off weight A330-300 version into Delta Air Lines’ fleet demonstrates the success of Airbus’ incremental development strategy. This new aircraft will further enhance Delta Air Lines’ long-range international operations, and marks a new step in significantly expanding the U.S.-based carrier’s fleet of Airbus-built aircraft. 
Speaking to international journalists prior to the 28 May delivery ceremony, Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian said this new A330-300 version is fully aligned with the airline’s acquisition strategy that “balances economics, provides a great customer experience, and also integrates well into a very mature, well-established network.”
With an increased 242-tonne maximum take-off weight, new aerodynamic package and engine improvements, the latest A330-300 version will begin operations on Delta routes in the Pacific, serving as a component in the carrier’s phase-out of Boeing 747s and 767s, to be supplemented by the airline’s future introduction of Airbus A350 XWBs, Bastian explained. 
“Our new A330s are 20-25 percent more fuel efficient than the 767-300s and 747-400s they replace, and will operate very efficiently on Delta’s long-range routes, our transatlantic routes and in the Pacific – providing great network utility and flexibility,” he told reporters gathered at the Airbus assembly facility in Toulouse, France. 
Asked about Delta’s firm order in 2014 for 25 A350-900s and 25 A330-900neo (new engine option) aircraft, Bastian said this major acquisition decision was based on the merits of Airbus’ competitive offer: “Airbus had the aircraft delivery positions, the economics, the customer response, and the technology that just ‘knocked our socks off.’” 
He noted that Delta currently operates 150-plus Airbus aircraft in a fleet that includes more than 30 A330-200s and A330-300s – making it the largest U.S. customer for this twin-engine jetliner type.  “We consider the A330 as the most efficient mid-range international widebody flying today,” Bastian added.
The other Airbus-built airliners currently flown by Delta are 69 single-aisle A320s and 57 A319s.
In addition to nine more A330-300s on order for deliveries through 2017, Bastian provided the following phase-in planning for other Airbus aircraft currently on order: an additional 45 A321s will be delivered beginning next year; the 25 A350 XWBs are to be received starting in 2017; with deliveries of the 25 A330neo versions to begin in 2019.
“All of the technology and innovation that Airbus brings is just phenomenal,” he concluded.  “We are thrilled on how deep the partnership is growing between us and Airbus.”For additional information on the delivery of Delta Air Lines’ first 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300, see the press release.
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29 May 2015 Delivery

Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian: “Delta’s addition of this Airbus A330-300 marks a major milestone and reflects our continued strategy of making prudent investments in our fleet that enhance our customer experience and operational reliability”

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