Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) announced Thursday that it is set to purchase another 25 Airbus A321 planes, with an additional 25 options. The deal brings the company to 125 firm orders for the jets and 100 purchase rights.
“Adding these new efficient narrowbody jets to our fleet means more career opportunities for our pilots and more capacity to grow our network during the recovery, solidifying our leadership position as more customers return to fly with Delta,” John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president and chief of operations, wrote in a memo to pilots, which was seen by CNBC.
The A321neo fleet will be the first to showcase Delta’s new first-class seats. The seats are designed with memory foam cushions, and highlight increased privacy with additional storage for domestic first class passengers.
Delta anticipates to receive the first plane within the first half of next year. The airplanes were originally intended to be delivered in late 2020. Nevertheless, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, delays across supply chains and manufactures pushed back the set dates. The airline also said that it had moved forward the delivery dates of two existing A350-900 orders and one A330-900neo, anticipated to be delivered in the second half of 2022.
Amid increasing travel demand, other carriers have also begun to add to their fleets this year. Delta, along with several other airlines have witnessed a rebound in bookings within the last week, led by domestic leisure travel.