Once upon a time, before the days of yoga pants and velor track suits, air travel was a black tie affair. We're talking suits, gloves, heels, the whole nine yards. Think about it: you are literally flying through the air like a bird. Excuse us for feeling like occassion-wear is not exactly inappropriate while you partake in the miracle of human flight.
Now, Delta Air Lines is trying to bring a little bit of that glamour back with the introduction of a shiny new aircraft, ready to make its official debut this January. The Airbus A220-100, which was unveiled during a ceremony at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this week, is the first newly designed, single-aisle airliner that will grace the skies over the United States in nearly three decades. And this little number is only the first in a roster of 75 different A220s that Delta plans to introduce to its fleet over the next three years, according to a report by CNN.
The new-fangled plane, which Delta describes as "experience-rich for customers," is intended to offer travelers the luxury of international travel, but on domestic journeys. Costing a mere $81 million, the aircraft is the first sing-aisle vehicle to come equipped with non-metal wings and electric breaks, which means less turbulence, and smoother landings.
“The simple idea is to provide customers with what it is they tell us they want,” Delta Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mapes said in a statement. “That means space, innovative technology and comfort. All of those things are evident in this plane.”