Air Transat has begun the renewal of its fleet, and has taken delivery of the first of 15 Airbus A321neoLRs that will be added to its fleet by 2022.
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“The arrival of this new generation of aircraft is an important moment for our company and our passengers in many respects,” says Annick Guérard, chief operating officer at Transat. “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. 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.”
The Airbus A321neoLR is powered by Pratt & Whitney engines with the lowest fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and NOX) in their class.
Compared to previous generation Airbus aircraft, the Airbus A321neoLR consumes more than 15 per cent less fuel, generates 50 per cent less noise in the cabin and communities, produces about 5,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 a year and lowers NOX emissions—which contribute to smog and acid rain— by 50 per cent.
Passengers will step into an entirely redesigned cabin, where comfort is crucial. “A key element behind all of our decisions is that we want travellers to feel like they’re on vacation from the moment they set foot on board,” explained Guérard.
Air Transat and Airbus went over every detail of the cabin interior to ensure the best inflight experience possible. “We are proud to deliver the A321LR to Air Transat and to be associated with such a fine, innovative airline,” says Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
Club Class, with its exclusive cabin and personalized service, was given a new look. Its 12 deep-blue natural leather seats, with their wider individual touch screens, are even more ergonomic and have a leg rest for maximum comfort.
In Economy Class, the 187 light-blue natural leather seats are wider than those of previous generations of Airbus, providing passengers with more personal space. They’re equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, with larger individual touch screens and USB ports to charge electronic devices.
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.
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