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Delta’s A220s take to the skies for first customer flights

February 11, 2019 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Delta’s A220 has made its official debut — a moment years in the making for customers and employees across the airline.

In the early hours this morning, Delta flight 744 pushed back from the gate at New York’s LaGuardia airport carrying customers for the first time on board Delta’s newest narrowbody jet, the state-of-the-art A220-100.

Terminal C was bustling with excitement as customers, employees and aviation enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the first flight’s departure.

“We have big plans for this aircraft,” said Chuck Imhof, Vice President — New York and Sales, East. “It will be an integral part of our future domestic fleet and will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly.”

Likewise, gatehouse festivities were underway this morning in Texas, where customers and employees eagerly awaited the morning’s first A220 departure from Dallas/Ft. Worth.

“I have been with Delta for 34 years, and was in awe the first time I saw the A220. Customers will love it — it’s a spectacular plane,” said Damian Atchison, DFW-based Above Wing Customer Service Agent.

Outfitted with a state-of-the art interior, Delta’s A220 brings elements of international widebody travel to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.

Highlights of Delta’s A220 include:

  • 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 A220, which takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver considerable improvements in fuel efficiency, is the latest investment in a fleet modernization program that aims to replace 20 percent of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020.

Delta took delivery of its first A220 in October 2018, and recently announced an order for 15 additional A220s, extending its order book to 90 total aircraft.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the prep work leading up to the A220’s launch in Delta’s “Best in Class” A220 miniseries.

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