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Delta confirms $14 billion order for 50 widebody Airbus jets
November 20, 2014 / 9:03 PM / 3 years ago

Delta confirms $14 billion order for 50 widebody Airbus jets

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) confirmed on Thursday a $14 billion order for 50 widebody jets from Airbus Group NV (AIR.PA), a victory for the European planemaker that replaces older generation aircraft from Boeing Co (BA.N) in Delta’s fleet.

A flight test engineer holds an Airbus Group flag after the first flight of the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) in Colomiers near Toulouse, southwestern France, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The order, which was first reported on Wednesday, includes 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft and 25 advanced Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, Delta said. It follows a closely fought competition with Boeing, which had offered its 787 Dreamliner.

Airbus emerged as the front-runner in part after it became clear its revamped A330neo could be delivered earlier than Boeing’s temporarily sold-out 787 Dreamliner, according to one person familiar with the discussions.

Delta plans to take delivery of the A350s beginning in the second quarter of 2017 and the A330neos in 2019. They replace Boeing 747-400 and 767-300ER planes, respectively, with 20 percent reduction in cost savings per seat, Delta said.

Reporting by Sai Sachin R in Bangalore and Alwyn Scott in Seattle; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Grant McCool

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