Delta Air Lines has placed a first order for 20 A350-1000 aircraft making the A350-1000 a new aircraft type in Delta’s fleet, according to Airbus.
“We are thankful for Delta’s continued confidence in Airbus’ solutions to meet its fleet needs,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer of the Commercial Aircraft business, Airbus. “Delta was the first U.S. airline to operate the A350-900, and is doing so with great success. Delta now welcomes the A350-1000, which will open even more opportunities for the airline and its customers.”
Delta Air Lines currently operates more than 450 Airbus aircraft from all of the Airbus product families from the A220 to the A350-900, with more than 200 additional on order, according to Airbus.
The A350 is a modern and efficient widebody aircraft and the long-range leader in the 300-410 seater category, flying efficiently on any sector from short-haul to ultra-long-haul routes up to 9,700nm. The aircraft manufacturer says the A350 has more than 1,206 orders from 58 customers from around the world.
Meanwhile, Delta says it delivered industry-leading operational performance and financial results in December quarter, generated record full year revenue and over $5 billion of pre-tax income, a near doubling over 2022”.
“2023 was a great year for Delta with industry-leading operational and financial performance. Our people and their commitment to deliver unmatched service excellence for our customers is at the foundation of Delta’s success. We are thrilled to recognize their outstanding work with $1.4 billion in profit sharing payments next month,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer. “In 2024, demand for air travel remains strong and our customer base is in a healthy financial position with travel a top priority. We expect to grow full year earnings to $6 to $7 per share and generate free cash flow of $3 to $4 billion, further strengthening our financial foundation.”