Posted on Monday 7 January 2019 by Ulster Business

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US carrier Delta Air Lines is buying an additional 15 part-Belfast made passenger planes, it has emerged.

The order for the Airbus A200-300 jets – formerly Bombardier CS300s before the firms agreed a tie-up – brings Delta’s order book to 90 planes.

The latest deal could be worth as much as $1.2bn, according to the book price. However it's likely the sale price is significantly less than that.

The wings and significant parts of the aircraft fuselage are made in Bombardier’s Belfast plant.

"Delta has always been deeply focused on the passenger experience, and the A220 fits perfectly with that philosophy,” Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer said.

"You just need to take a look at Delta’s cabin on the A220 to see it’s setting a new standard in short-haul flying. The A220 will provide passengers with a level of comfort and convenience that makes flying a pleasure again, while meeting Delta’s high standards for efficiency and reliability.”

Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer, said: “These additional A220 aircraft will continue to strategically enable Delta to refresh our fleet, drive further advances in the customer experience and serve as an excellent investment for our customers, employees and shareowners for Delta into the next decade.

“We look forward to taking our first A220-300 in 2020 at the Airbus assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.”

 

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