Delta not considering CSeries order

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Delta Air Lines is not interested in an order for Bombardier’s new CSeries narrowbody aircraft, says chief executive Richard Anderson.

The comment eliminates one of the USA’s largest carriers as a contender for the 110- to 130-seat narrowbody family, which flew for the first time on 16 September. The airline was not understood to be looking for a new small narrowbody, since it opted to lease Southwest Airlines’ existing fleet of 88 Boeing 717-200s in 2012.

Atlanta-based Delta is understood to have taken its first 717 in September.

Bombardier executives told Flightglobal in 2011 that they “absolutely” saw room for the CSeries at Delta down the road.

American Airlines and United Airlines could be considering small narrowbody orders, which were made possible by new contracts that they ratified with their pilots in 2012. However, neither carrier has commented on the extent or timeline of any evaluations.

While the CSeries is out, Anderson says that Delta would “absolutely” consider buying an aircraft with Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) new geared turbofan engines, while speaking at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) fall 2013 conference in New York on 4 October.

“I do think that United Technologies has built a pretty phenomenal engine,” he says. “The geared turbofan that Pratt & Whitney is developing is going to be an enormous innovation.”

The PW1000G geared turbofan family of engines will also be offered on the Airbus A320neo, Embraer 190 E2, Irkut MC-21 and Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ regional jet aircraft families.

Delta has no orders for any of the next generation narrowbodies currently for sale. These include the A320neo and Boeing 737 Max families.

The airline does have outstanding orders for 30 Airbus A321s, 10 Airbus A330-300s, 99 737-900ERs and 18 Boeing 787-8s.