Air Transat to Become First North American
Airbus A321LR Operator
Air Transat, a Canadian airline, is to lease ten
Airbus A321LR aircraft through a deal with AerCap.
Air Transat will be the first North American
operator of what Airbus is saying will be the 'longest-range
single-aisle aircraft in the world'. Entry into service is
scheduled for 2019.
LR option extends the aircraft’s range to up to 4,000 nautical
miles, allowing airlines to access new long-haul markets that were
previously inaccessible with current single-aisle aircraft.
With 206 passengers in a typical two-class
layout, the A321LR offers the possibility for each passenger to
carry up to three bags.
“This is an ideal aircraft for the North American market, and
particularly for a carrier like Air Transat,” said John Leahy,
Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers. “It gives operators a
highly efficient and affordable modern option for their
transatlantic routes, and we look forward to other North American
carriers following Air Transat’s example.”