Delta Air Lines has ordered 20 new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft that will join the carrier’s widebody fleet beginning 2026.
Delta currently operates 28 Airbus A350-900s, with this new order expanding its orderbook for the next-generation A350 model to 36 units, and boosting its A350 fleet to over 60 by the end of the decade.
“The A350-1000 will be the largest, most capable aircraft in Delta’s fleet and is an important step forward for our international expansion,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer. “The aircraft complements our fleet and offers an elevated customer experience, with more premium seats and best-in-class amenities, as well as expanded cargo capabilities.”
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines will be fitted to the A350-1000s, a more powerful variant of those that Delta uses on the A350-900. The jets are also 20% more fuel efficient than those retiring aircraft they will replace.
Delta says it will primarily operate the A350-1000s on long-haul markets and through international hubs in support of the airline’s international expansion. The SkyTeam Founding partner continues to grow its global footprint, and is expecting to operate the largest international schedule in its history this year.
Recently, Delta Air Line’s senior executive, Rob LeBel, Managing Director – International and Specialty Sales, revealed to LATTE that the airline was mulling an expansion of its Australian operation, to include Melbourne or Brisbane, or both.
The new higher-gauge aircraft will feature world-class amenities, with about 15% more premium seats than retiring aircraft, including Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select and Delta Comfort+ in addition to Main Cabin. It will also offer more than 1,000 hours of free in-flight entertainment from Delta Studio; free, fast in-flight Wi-Fi; and premium food and beverage options.
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.