Delta Air Lines has ordered 20 Airbus A350-1000s, with options for a further 20.
It announced the deal on January 12 while unveiling its full-year and fourth-quarter financial results.
The airline said it will use the new jets to “provide a world-class customer experience on long-haul routes”, support its international expansion, replace older types, and fuel growth. Deliveries are expected to start in 2026.
The order marks the introduction of a new aircraft type for Delta. The Atlanta-based carrier operates 28 of the smaller -900, which joined the fleet in 2017. Sixteen are still to be delivered. The order also makes the carrier the first operator of the -1000 variant in the Americas.
According to the European manufacturer, Delta currently operates more than 450 Airbus aircraft, with a further 200 on order. They range from the A220 to the A350-900.
Ed Bastian, the airline’s chief executive officer, said: “The A350-1000 will be the largest, most capable aircraft in Delta’s fleet and is an important step forward for our international expansion.
“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.”
The new aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, a more high-powered variant of the powerplant found on Delta’s A350-900 fleet.