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PICTURE: Delta takes delivery of first A321

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321, with entry-into-service scheduled for May.

The carrier took delivery of the aircraft, registered N301DN and MSN 6923, in Hamburg on 16 March, it says. It will ferry the aircraft to its Atlanta base on 17 March.

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“Purchasing a new aircraft, and in this case an entirely new subfleet for Delta, takes a team of passionate and devoted experts armed with their insight, craft and know-how from across the airline to make happen,” says Brian Shea, general manager of fleet management at Delta, in a statement. “It’s a great aircraft with fantastic economics and cabin enhancements aimed at improving our customers’ flying experience.”

The airline plans to debut the A321 on flights between Atlanta and Orlando on 2 May.

Delta configures its A321s with 192 seats, including 20 in first class, 29 in economy comfort and 143 in economy. It will use them to replace ageing Boeing 757-200s in its fleet.

The carrier has firm orders for 45 A321s, Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer shows. It plans to take delivery of 14 more aircraft this year.

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