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Delta takes delivery of a new 242-ton Airbus A330-300 aircraft

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Delta Air LInes (Atlanta) has formally taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 since the Delta-Northwest merger (all previous A330s were ordered by Northwest). Delta is now the launch customer of the new 242-ton Airbus A330-300. The pictured A330-302 N822NW (msn 1627) was formally handed over today (May 29). Delta issued this statement:

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Honorees of Delta Air Lines’ Chairman’s Club, the airline’s most prestigious recognition for employees, today took delivery of a new Airbus A330-300 widebody aircraft from Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The aircraft is the first new Airbus purchased by Delta following its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008, and is one of 10 new A330-300s scheduled to enter Delta’s fleet by 2017.

Eighty nine Delta Chairman’s Club honorees, employees recognized by their peers for their dedication and commitment to exemplifying the highest standards of service and excellence, were on hand for the delivery ceremony to officially induct the new aircraft in to service.

Delta currently operates 32 Airbus A330s, the most economic mid-range international widebody aircraft flying today. The new A330-300s are 15-25 percent more fuel efficient per seat than the Boeing 767-300s and 747-400s they will replace. The A330s will operate primarily on Delta’s Atlantic and Pacific long-range routes and provide Delta’s network with more flexibility to optimally match capacity with demand. The aircraft is powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines.

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The Airbus A330-300 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in Delta One, 32 extra-legroom seats in Delta Comfort+ and 227 Main Cabin seats. Customers will enjoy access to satellite in-flight Wi-Fi featuring the Delta Studio library of free streaming programming as well as more than 1,000 on-demand movies, television shows and music on large, high-definition seatback monitors. Customers also will benefit from modern interiors with LED lighting and extra-capacity overhead bins.

Airbus issued this statement and photo:

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The first 242-ton Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330-300 was delivered today (May 29) to Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) – based airline is the first to receive the aircraft type from among 11 worldwide customers for the option. Delta has selected GE CF6-80E1 engines to power its new A330-300.

Launched in 2012 as Airbus’ latest evolution to the twin-engine widebody A330 Family, the increased take-off weight A330-200 and A330-300 incorporate a new aerodynamic package, engine improvements and an optional centre fuel tank (the latter for the A330-300 version). These upgrades on the A330-300 allow for an extended range of up to 6,100 nautical miles while offering up to 2 percent fuel consumption reduction. This incremental innovation to Airbus’ A330 Family received airworthiness approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in April 2015, and received parallel certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month.

The delivery ceremony today at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, is particularly notable as the airline brought some 100 employees – each a member of Delta’s Chairman’s Club. The group is selected by their peers annually from 10-thousand nominees in Delta’s most prestigious corporate recognition program.

Delta Air Lines, Airbus’ biggest A330 customer in North America, flies currently both Airbus single-aisle and widebody aircraft, including 57 A319ceo and 69 A320ceo aircraft, plus 11 A330-200s and 21 A330-300s. In addition to nine more A330-300s and 45 A321ceos still to be delivered to Delta, the airline ordered 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo Airbus widebody aircraft last year.

All photos by Airbus.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery only): AG Airline Slide Show

Delta A330-300 42-T F-WWYX (07)(Nose)(RO) TLS (Airbus)(LRW)

Delta confirms its four new destinations and expansion plans for Seattle/Tacoma

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has confirmed it is adding service from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Boston; Orlando; Pasco, Washington; and Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria is a new destination in Delta’s network and is subject to foreign government approval. Delta will also expand its existing Bozeman, Montana, service from Seattle/Tacoma.

The new service includes:

One daily year-round flight to Boston’s Logan International Airport beginning April 4, 2016.
One daily year-round flight to Orlando International Airport beginning December 19, 2015.
Three daily year-round flights to Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco beginning November 1, 2015.
Three daily year-round flights to Victoria International Airport beginning April 4, 2016.
One daily year-round flight to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport beginning August 1, 2015, expanded from Saturday-only seasonal service.
Flights to Boston and Orlando will operate using Boeing 737-800 and 757-200 aircraft, respectively. Bozeman, Pasco and Victoria service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using two-class, 65-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

The new service is part of Delta’s previously announced plans for 2 percent system capacity growth for 2015.

Boston and Orlando service will connect Seattle/Tacoma with the third and fifth largest markets on the East Coast. Boston service will also provide customers one-stop access through Seattle/Tacoma to the top five destinations in Asia.

By August, the airline will operate 128 flights to 36 destinations from its West Coast hub.

Earlier this month, Delta celebrated the start of service from Seattle/Tacoma to Boise; Sacramento; Sitka, Alaska; and Ketchikan, Alaska along with the expansion of service to Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska. Service to Denver begins on June 4, and service to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii begins in December. Delta will also expand service to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in October along with Palm Springs, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz., in December.

During the summer, Delta offers 10 long-haul international flights from Seattle/Tacoma, providing as much long-haul international service from Seattle/Tacoma as all other airlines combined. This includes the top five destinations in Asia and three of the top four destinations in Europe. Delta is the only carrier to offer nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda.

Locally, Delta recently opened a 7,000-square-foot corporate office just outside Seattle in downtown Bellevue. The airline has also invested $15 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its Delta Sky Club and lobby renovations, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations, expanded ticket counters and enhancements to the international arrivals area. Delta people are active members of the Seattle community, working to serve their neighbors both in and out of the airport.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-232 N6713Y (msn 30777) arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

Delta to add two more routes from Seattle/Tacoma

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to expand its growing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub.

Starting on April 4, 2016, the carrier will add the daily SEA – Boston route with Boeing 737-800s according to Airline Route.

In addition, Delta is also adding Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 service from SEA to Victoria, British Columbia starting on the same day.

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 N387DA (msn 30374) departs from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery only): AG Airline Slide Show

Delta files to fly from Orlando to Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has filed for regulatory approval to offer new nonstop flights between Orlando, Florida, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, beginning December 19, 2015. Delta expects to serve the two cities with four (4) weekly flights. The airline’s strategic alliance with Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (Sao Paulo) extends the reach of this service to 20 interior Brazil destinations and provides seamless connections at Guarulhos International Airport.

The proposed service would be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with 35 seats in Delta One, 32 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 143 seats in the Main Cabin.

Delta’s proposed schedule between Orlando (MCO) and Sao Paulo (GRU) is as follows:

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Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N180DN (msn 25985) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Airline Slide Show

Delta to add another feeder route to Seattle/Tacoma

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to add feeder spoke routes to its growing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub. The carrier will start Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet service from SEA to the Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) serving the Pasco, Washington area. The new daily route will start on November 1 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines‘ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N617QX (msn 10130) taxies to the runway at the SeaTac hub.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Airline Slide Show

Delta Connection-SkyWest aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Delta’s new “Internetest” safety video

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has just released this new video:

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We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because we made a safety video starring the Internet. Now, there’s a lot of Internet out there, and, as such, you might not be familiar with every character in our film. That’s why we’ve included the list below to help you figure out what’s what.

Delta to launch New York JFK – Halifax service

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch twice-daily (except Saturdays) Delta Connection service on the New York (JFK) – Halifax, Nova Scotia route starting on September 1. The new route will be operated with Bombardier CRJ700s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo below: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Comair Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N641CA (msn 10122), now operated by SkyWest Airlines, arrives in Las Vegas.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Airline Slide Show

Delta Connection-Comair aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show