Delta Air Lines has expanded its order backlog at Airbus after signing a deal for 25 A350-900 aircraft and 25 A330-900neos.
Currently the US airline operates 126 A320 family aircraft and 32 A330s, and has a further 10 A330ceo and 45 A321ceo aircraft on order. Nat Pieper, Delta's vice-president of fleet strategy and transactions, said: "The A350 and A330neo support our long-haul, transoceanic strategy."
Delta began a fleet renewal programme in 2011, and expects the new widebody aircraft to provide a 20 per cent improvement in operating cost per seat compared to the 747-400 and 767-300ER aircraft they will replace.
Delta is set to take delivery of its first A350 in Q2 of 2017 and its first A330neo in 2019.