The plane also has “full-spectrum LED ambient lighting” that change depending on the phase of the flight.
The list price for an A321 at the time of Delta’s order was $110.1 million, though airlines typically negotiate rates much lower than the list price.
Before accepting the first plane for delivery, Delta employees carefully inspect it, pulling out tray tables, opening window shades and overhead bins and trying out the seat-back entertainment system, according to the airline.
“These are multi-million dollar assets that will fly millions of customers millions of miles over their 30-year life with Delta,” said Delta’s general manager of fleet management Brian Shea, according to a written statement.
They also inspect the lavatories and galleys. Items that require attention get marked with orange tape.
Technicians inspect the rivets and bolts on the exterior of the plane, the landing gear, hydraulics and avionics system.
Then, Delta captains Dave Vorgias and Pat Haake took the airline’s first test flight with the airplane, executing unusual maneuvers to gauge the aircraft’s capabilities for quick maneuvers if ever needed, according to the airline. Also in the cockpit was an Airbus flight test pilot and test engineer.
During the flight, Delta’s delivery team tests the overhead bins and doors to check for any issues due to changes in cabin pressure.
After all of the inspections, the airline officially signs the papers and transfers the funds to buy the new aircraft.
Delta will take delivery of a total of 15 A321s this year, most coming from Hamburg. Eventually, the aircraft will be coming from Airbus’s new facility in Mobile, Ala.
Meanwhile, Delta is also taking delivery of new Boeing 737-900ERs from Seattle.