Delta orders another 15 A321s

SkyTeam alliance partner Delta Air Lines is ordering 15 Airbus A321s, to be delivered from 2018.

The US carrier is to fit CFM International CFM56s to the twin-engined aircraft, which will also be fitted with sharklet wing-tips, confirms Airbus.

Delta's decision follows a previous order for 30 A321s placed by the airline last year, when it also signed for a batch of Airbus A330-300s.

Airbus says the latest Delta A321s will be used to "offset jet retirements".

Delta already has 126 A320-family aircraft in its fleet, as well as 32 A330s. Vice-president for fleet strategy and transactions Nathaniel Pieper says the "opportunistic" deal will "enhance profitability, customer satisfaction, and shareholder value".

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