Ten Airbus A321LR aircraft will be joining the fleet of Canadian airline Air Transat, making it the first North American operator of the longest-range single-aisle aircraft in the world. Air Transat will lease the aircraft through a deal with AerCap, and plans entry into service starting in 2019. The LR option extends the aircraft’s range to up to 4,000 nautical miles.
With 206 passengers in a typical two-class layout, the airline says the A321LR offers the possibility for each passenger to carry up to three bags.
Airbus says the aircraft will be delivered with new-generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15% fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020, as well as a 50% noise reduction. To date, the A320neo family has received more than 5,100 orders from over 90 customers since its launch in 2010.