Source: Airbus

Delta gets first Airbus A330-900neo plane

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900 neo plane, with plans to use the aircraft on routes from Seattle to Asia.

The 281-passenger wide-body planes are built for long-haul flights, and Atlanta-based Delta plans to use them to replace older Boeing 767-300ERs.

The airline will initially use the planes to fly from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo Narita.

Source: Airbus

The seat layout includes 29 business class suites, 28 premium economy seats, 56 Comfort+ seats with extra legroom and 168 economy seats. Memory foam cushions are throughout the cabin, and the planes are also designed with in-seat power ports and large overhead bins, according to Delta.

Delta took delivery of the A330-900 from Airbus in Toulouse, France on Thursday.

As part of an environmental effort by Delta and Airbus, a  Delta crew ferried the new plane to Atlanta using jet fuel blended with a non-petroleum synthetic fuel.

The plane will undergo more work at Delta’s Technical Operations maintenance center in Atlanta before it begins service later this summer.

Delta has ordered 35 of the A330-900neos, with an initial order of 25 in 2014 followed by another 10 ordered last year.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.