The deal is split between 25 A350-900s, an all-new model, and 25 updated A330neos.
The aircraft will replace Delta’s Boeing 747s and 767-300ERs starting in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
The Airbus win builds on earlier successes at Delta, including an order in 2013 with a list value of $5.6 billion.
Boeing told Bloomberg: “This was a long and highly competitive campaign. Boeing competed for the order with the 787-9, but we did not have enough 787 positions available in the time frame that met Delta’s requirement.”
The A350-900 is due to make its commercial debut with Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.
Sourced from Travel Weekly