Delta's new Airbus A220 first class revealed

By David Flynn, October 30 2018
Delta's new Airbus A220 first class revealed

Delta Air Lines will begin flying its new Airbus A220 jets from January 2019, and has now revealed the first class – or in most familiar terms, business class – seats which it promises will deliver "a modern, elevated experience for domestic travelers."

The nimble jet, formerly known as the Bombardier C Series, is described by the SkyTeam member as  "a state-of-the-art narrowbody jet with all the amenities and luxury of a widebody aircraft."

Delta's A220 will lead off with 12 new-design seats in its first class cabin.

Arranged in three rows of a 2-2 layout, the seats will be fitted with the largest video screens of any Delta domestic first class seat.

Travellers will be able to tap into broadband-grade 2KU WiFi to stay connected above the clouds.

Further back are 97 economy seats is a 3-2 configuration, all 18.6"wide, with 15 seats in Delta's extra-legroom Comfort+ category.

The high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and LED lighting all contribute to the 'state-of-the-art interior' of Delta's 75 A220s which will begin flights from January 31 from Delta's hub at New York's LaGuardia airport to Boston and Dallas, with other A220 routes through to mid-2019 including Dallas and Houston to Detroit, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

Also read: Delta One business class suites for Sydney-Los Angeles in April 2019


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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Love this little plane ✈

Delta have made a wise choice on this one

02 Nov 2017

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I wonder if QF would consider purchasing a fleet to someday replace the 717s. They're pretty similar in specs.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2012

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Wonder if VA would consider these jets to supplement the 40 737MAXs on order. Seat capacity and fuel efficiency might make narrower routes more viable in the way the Embraers were supposed to.

Great smaller jet, have flown on the Swiss C100s out of London City.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1199

I doubt it. VA has made conscious decision to simplify its fleet hence the disposal of the E190s. It is likely to retain the 737 as its only single-aisle jet for many years to come.

Don't think that is likely, VA is trying to simplify its fleet not add new types and more complexity.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2012

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Guess we'll have to wait and see :)


03 May 2013

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Delta and "first Class" in the same sentence - laughable. On this spec aircraft Delta First class means you get premium snacks - read Mars bars, peanuts and chips. Pathetic is an understatement. Wont even go into the disinterested, abrupt and unfriendly crew.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

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"with all the amenities and luxury of a widebody"

LOL well if that's the case then i'd expect to see Delta One suites

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

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Looks good.

Interesting that Delta are continuing to install Seatback IFE in these domestic aircrafts, whereas AA has ditched it for most new domestic aircraft.

02 Dec 2016

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Not just AA, QF and VA locally too. Delta are definitely bucking the trend. IFE across the fleet, and 9 abreast in economy on their 777s.

02 Dec 2016

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Smart plane. I definitely see this fitting into both QF and VAs fleets, especially the A220-300 version.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2017

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Gee, with 2-2 seating it looks a tad better than QF’s IFE fitted 737 Y-class

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

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It's 3-2, and more comparable to an E175.

17 Sep 2018

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Looks excellent, can't wait to fly on one!

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