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Air Transat has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR aircraft. The A321LR is one of 15 that the Montreal, Que.-based carrier is scheduled to receive. Air Transat leases the A321LR fom AerCap.
The A321LR, with its unique Airbus Cabin Flex configuration allowing for installation of additional fuel tanks, will have a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. Air Transat plans to use the A321LR for long-distance flights out of Canada, principally on more extended, thinner routes to European, Caribbean, Central and South American destinations. The A321LRs will replace older planes with a modern, cost-efficient aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art interior amenities for an enhanced and enjoyable passenger experience.
“The arrival of this new generation of aircraft is an important moment for our company and our passengers in many respects,” said Annick Guérard, chief operating officer at Transat. “The Airbus A321LR represents what Air Transat stands for today and what we strive for in the coming years. It reinforces our position as a leader in sustainable tourism, while also offering our passengers a superior on-board experience.”
“We are proud to deliver the A321LR to Air Transat and to be associated with such a fine, innovative airline,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus’s chief commercial officer. “The A321LR, with its increased range and low operating costs, enables Air Transat to increase flight frequencies, expand its network and strengthen its competitive position. Airbus will provide Air Transat with world-class support and work to ensure its ongoing success.”
The Air Transat A321LR is configured for 199 seats in two classes, including 12 premium club class seats in an exclusive cabin with personalized service and ergonomic seating. Economy class seats are wider, provide more personal space and are equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system.
The A321LRs are part of a larger leasing deal Air Transat has with AerCap to convert to an all-Airbus fleet by 2022 as it phases out older wide-body and narrow-body planes.
Air Transat flies to some 60 destinations in more than 25 countries in the Americas and Europe, offers domestic and feeder flights within Canada, and carries some five million passengers every year. The company employs 3,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a leading integrated international tourism company specializing in holiday travel and offering vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel.