Canadian leisure airline, Air Transat, has taken delivery of the first of 15 Airbus A321neoLRs that will join its fleet by 2022. The airline says that the Airbus A321neoLR reflects its focus on sustainable tourism, with Pratt & Whitney engines offering the lowest fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and NOX) in their class. Compared to previous generation A321, the A321neoLR has 15% better fuel consumption, and generates 50% less noise – both in the cabin and the environment – produces about 5,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 a year and lowers NOX emissions by 50%.
The A321neoLRs will feature a redesigned cabin. The new look Club Class will have 12 deep-blue natural leather seats, with leg rests, improved ergonomics and wider IFE displays.
In Economy Class, the 187 light-blue natural leather seats are 18in wide with a 31in pitch. The IFE displays are 10.1in, versus the 8.9in of the previous units, complemented with USB ports to charge electronic devices.
“The Airbus A321neoLR 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,” said Annick Guérard, COO at Transat. “In addition, the aircraft’s long range will optimize our operations in our core markets, namely in our destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”
Air Transat’s second Airbus A321neoLR is set to land in June, with four more arriving in fall 2019. New planes will be gradually added, leading to an all-Airbus fleet by 2022. Air Transat has signed a deal with AerCap for the long-term lease of 15 Airbus A321neoLRs.