Delta takes delivery of first A220

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian (fifth from left) with employees at the Airbus A220 event in Quebec.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian (fifth from left) with employees at the Airbus A220 event in Quebec.

Delta formally welcomed its first Airbus A220-100 plane into its fleet on Friday. 

Speaking at the induction ceremony in the Quebec headquarters of aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the 109-seat regional aircraft "will serve as the cornerstone of our future domestic growth."

The airline said the A220 will "bring an elevated customer experience to top business routes." Delta describes the A220 as having a "modern interior with a spacious, widebody feel."

Delta has ordered 75 A220-100s, which were originally known as the Bombardier CS100. The carrier's first A220-100 flights will launch on Jan. 31 from New York LaGuardia to Boston and from LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort Worth. Tickets for those flights are on sale. 

Delta's A220-100s will have 12 first-class seats and 15 Comfort Plus seats to go along with 82 economy seats.

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