Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian announced on Tuesday that the debut of the airline's brand new Airbus A220 jets will likely be delayed due to the government shutdown.

Bastian and Delta COO Gil West said that certifications of new aircraft types can't be completed with FAA inspectors furloughed amid the government shutdown.

Since Delta is the first US airline to operate the A220, federal regulators must certify every from its safety systems to its seats before the jet can carry passengers.

Delta has a total of 90 Airbus A220s on order. It's unclear how much of a delay the shutdown has caused.

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