The plane’s first commercial flights will be from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Boston Logan and to Dallas/Ft. Worth on Jan. 31, 2019.
The single-aisle A220 will replace 76-seat regional jets on routes popular among business travelers — though Delta has not yet announced when and where it will debut the plane on routes to Atlanta.
“It’s going to touch the entire domestic system over time,” Bastian said. “Atlanta will see it at the right time.”
The airline took delivery of the plane from Airbus in Mirabel, Quebec on Friday, then flew it to Atlanta that afternoon.
On Monday, Delta unveiled the plane to about 2,000 employees at its massive new engine shop at Hartsfield-Jackson Jackson International Airport.
Bastian said mergers in the airline industry have enabled the airline “to invest in future technology that we couldn’t have invested in on a standalone basis.”
“This has all been brought about by having a more stable, stronger more durable industry, and Delta-Northwest were at the forefront of that,” Bastian said. “We think it’s the basis for the next round of domestic growth for us.”
Between now and the A220’s first commercial flight, the plane will be used for flight crew training and inspections before the launch.
The A220 was initially developed by Bombardier and was previously known as the C Series CS100, before a tariff dispute broke out with Boeing. In the middle of the dispute, Airbus acquired a majority interest in the C Series business and announced plans to eventually open a final assembly facility for the plane in Mobile, Ala.
The Trump administration had proposed tariffs of more than 200 percent, but the U.S. International Trade Commission ended up overturning the tariffs on Montreal-based Bombardier.
The first routes Delta’s new Airbus A220 will fly
New York-LaGuardia to Boston
New York-LaGuardia to Dallas/Ft. Worth
Detroit to Dallas/Ft. Worth
New York-LaGuardia to Houston Intercontinental
Salt Lake City to Dallas/Ft. Worth
Minneapolis/St. Paul to Dallas/Ft. Worth
Houston Intercontinental to Detroit & Minneapolis/St. Paul
Houston Intercontinental to Salt Lake City
New York-JFK to Dallas/Ft. Worth
Source: Delta Air Lines