ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Delta Air Lines announced plans to expand its fuel-efficient fleet by exercising options for 12 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

The planes, set to be delivered in 2026 and 2027, will play a crucial role in the airline's ongoing efforts to simplify its fleet and invest in more sustainable and more comfortable aircraft.

"These 12 additional A220 aircraft will help power our increasingly streamlined fleet while also providing our customers with the elevated in-flight experience they've come to expect from Delta," said Kristen Bojko, Vice President of Fleet.

Delta's A220s are configured to accommodate 130 passengers in a tri-class layout, including 12 in First Class, 30 in Comfort+, and 88 in Main Cabin. The aircraft promises a quiet and comfortable experience for travelers, with the in-flight amenities typically found on widebody aircraft. The A220 is set to serve customers traveling domestically and to the airline's coastal hubs.

The A220s complements the airline's existing fleet of A321neos and further solidifies its commitment to sustainability. The A220 is equipped with Pratt and Whitney's state-of-the-art GTF engines, which provide a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to older aircraft in its class. This move also allows Delta to retire older, less efficient planes.

Delta currently has 14 A220-300s in service and 60 more on order, bringing the total number of A220s in its fleet to 74. This includes the 45 109-seat A220-100s that the American carrier currently operates. Delta was the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the A220 in October 2018, and it has been gradually adding more of these planes to its fleet ever since.