Air Transat has begun a key part of its fleet renewal programme with the delivery its first of 15 Airbus A321LRs.
The 199-seat A321LR fleet is being acquired on lease from AerCap. Five more are due this year and the remainder by 2022. Airbus says the A321LRs are part of a larger leasing deal Air Transat has with AerCap to convert to an all-Airbus fleet by 2022.
The A321LRs will be deployed on its longer international services from Canada, principally thinner routes to Europe, the Caribbean and Central, and South America.
Airbus says the A321LRs will replace older aircraft in the Air Transat fleet. The airline is one of the last remaining operators of passenger Airbus A310s, with six currently in service (illustrated below).
Air Transat A321LRs are configured with a two-class cabin comprising 12 premium seats and 187 economy seats.