MIAMI — Over the weekend, the first Delta Air Lines Airbus A321 flights were loaded into the reservation system, and they are now available for booking. This was reported first by AirlineRoute.
Delta A321 First Destination: The Sunshine State
Starting on May 1, Delta plans to operate six daily round trip flights between Atlanta and Orlando. By fall, the carrier will be serving the route with 14 daily A321 round trip flights as more aircraft join the fleet.
The next destination to be served by the new aircraft type in the Atlanta-based carrier will be Fort Lauderdale, which is set to start on June 1 with one daily round-trip flight. In July, it will fly three daily round trip flights between the two cities, and starting in August, eight round trip flights will be operated with the A321s.
On September 3, the A321 will make its debut between Atlanta and Tampa with just one daily round trip flight, but starting in October, the A321 will operate six daily round trip flights between both cities.
Fort Myers and Jacksonville will welcome Delta’s A321 on November 6, with one round-trip daily each until December 17, when the A321 will be serving the route two and five times a day, respectively.
According to the schedule, the very first A321 flight will be DL1518 from Orlando to Atlanta; it seems unlikely that this will be the inaugural flight as it is not originating from a Delta hub, and so far, there are not A321 flights into Orlando the night before (on April 30).
The first Delta A321 is expected to be delivered sometime during February. The new type will be outfitted with 20 First Class seats, 29 Comfort+ seats, and 143 seats in Economy, according to the seat map. This is a slight change when compared to the original press release, which stated that there would be 23 Comfort+ seats and 149 Economy seats, but as the aircraft get closer to delivery, such changes to seating configuration often occur.