Delta Air Lines has ordered another 30 Airbus A321neos, bringing its total firm orders for the airframer’s largest narrowbody to 155 aircraft, deliveries of which are scheduled to start in the first half of 2022.

In the latest deal, the Atlanta-based carrier converted 30 options placed as part of an April order for 25 A321neos.

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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A321

Delta, which disclosed the purchase on 24 August, still has options to purchase a further 70 of those jets.

Airbus will manufacturer Delta’s 155 A321neos – all powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100Gs – at its facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airframer expects deliveries will continue through 2027.

Delta will outfit its A321neos with 194 seats, including 20 in first class, 42 extra-legroom economy seats and 132 standard economy seats.

“The state-of-the-art A321neo is Delta’s most fuel-efficient large-gauge narrowbody aircraft and is well-suited to complement Delta’s leading domestic network,” the airline says.

Delta has thrown support behind Airbus in recent years through orders for Airbus widebodies and narrowbodies.

The airline holds unfilled orders for six first-generation A321 aircraft, 155 A321neos, 45 A220s, 26 A330-900s and 20 A350s, according to Cirium fleets data.

Delta’s narrowbody fleet now stands at 50 A220s, 240 A320ceos and more than 400 Boeing narrowbodies, including 91 717s, 212 737NGs and 127 757s. Additionally, Delta in July said it will acquire another 29 used 737-900ERs.

Delta’s widebody fleet includes 42 first-generation A330s, 11 A330-900s, 18 A350s, 66 767s and eight 777s, Cirium shows.