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Delta Air Lines' Chairman's Club Accepts Delivery of New Airbus

Airlines & Airports | Delta Air Lines | Donald Wood | May 29, 2015

Delta Air Lines' Chairman's Club Accepts Delivery of New Airbus

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Delta Air Lines and members of the company’s Chairman's Club were at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, on Thursday to accept the delivery of an Airbus A330-300 widebody airplane.

According to Delta Air Lines, the purchase of the new airplane from the airbus company is the first by Delta since its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008. The aircraft is the first of 10 new A330-300s scheduled to be delivered to the airline by 2017.

As for those who were in attendance, 89 members of Delta Chairman's Club were given the opportunity to be part of the delivery as a reward for their dedication to the high standards of the company.

Delta President Ed Bastian released a statement about the delivery and the honorees:

“Delta's addition of this Airbus A330-300 reflects our continued strategy of making prudent investments in our fleet that enhance our customer experience and operational reliability. Having our Chairman's Club honorees, true examples of the Delta spirit of service, here to help us welcome this new aircraft in to the Delta family makes this occasion even more special.”

Currently, Delta is operating 32 older Airbus A330 airplanes in its fleet, but the hope is that the more fuel-efficient models being delivered now will help the company fiscally while also being more environmentally friendly.

The new Airbus planes will replace several of Delta’s Boeing 767-300s and 747-400s aircrafts.

The Airbus A330 airplanes are built for long-range routes and will be instituted into Delta's Atlantic and Pacific hubs that handle much of the company's international travel.

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