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Delta has now taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo aircraft (with a further 34 deliveries expected to follow) so, with the aircraft scheduled to fly its first Delta long-haul international route in July, I thought I’d take a closer look at the latest addition to the Delta fleet.
Delta’s Airbus A330-900 Neo
- Delta has 35 A330-900neo aircraft on order
- The new Delta A330-900neos will initially be based at Seattle-Tacoma airport
- The aircraft has been configured to carry 281 passengers
- Delta’s A330-900neos will offer 4 different seating options across 3 separate cabins
- The maximum range of the A330-900neo is reported to be 7,200 nautical miles (link)
The Delta A330-900neo offers the following cabin configuration:
- 29 Delta One Suites
- 28 Delta Premium Select (Premium Economy) seats
- 56 Delta Comfort + seats
- 168 Main Cabin Economy Class seats
Back in February Delta announced that it would launch international A330-900neo service between Seattle and Shanghai from 1 July 2019 but, based on the aircraft currently scheduled on this route, this has been pushed back to 15 July 2019.
Delta may well change the schedules again in the coming days and weeks to bring forward the introduction of the A330-900neo but, at the time of writing, 15 July is the first day on which the aircraft appears in Delta’s international schedule.
From 1 October 2019 Delta will fly its new aircraft between Seattle and Seoul. (originally scheduled for 1 August 2019)..
…and the A330-900neo is scheduled to begin operating on the Seattle – Tokyo Narita route from 27 October 2019 (originally scheduled for 31 August 2019).
The Airbus A330-900neo is home to Airbus’ new ‘Airspace’ interior which the manufacturer says are “more relaxing, inspiring, beautiful and functional”.
Key features of the Airspace cabins are the larger overhead storage bins, spacious lavatories, wider seats and aisles (where airlines haven’t insisted on cramming in more seats) and unobstructed under-seat foot space throughout all cabins (no IFE boxes restricting passenger legroom).
The A330-900neo will offer Delta’s best Business Class cabin and its new Premium Economy cabin so, for passengers looking to cross the Pacific in a little comfort, the A330-900neo will be a notable step up from what Delta already offers on some of these routes.
As far as Economy Class goes, I’ve yet to see an official figure for the seat pitch so I can’t comment on how good (or bad) the legroom will be but the 18″-wide seats will make a nice change from the 17″-wide seats that a number of other carriers offer across the Pacific.
What do you think of Delta’s new aircraft (and are you booked to fly in it)?
Featured image courtesy of Airbus