Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat plans to operate new Airbus A321neo long range aircraft on transatlantic routes.
The airline is to lease 10 of the new aircraft to replace wide-body A310s.
The 12-year lease agreement with Dublin-based leasing firm AerCap will see the A321neos introduced into service between spring 2019 and autumn 2020.
They will complement A330s and Boeing 737s in the Air Transat fleet and operate to sun destinations from Canada and transatlantic services.
The 200-seat aircraft will be configured with two classes with seats incorporating individual touch screens.
Air Transat will be among the first carriers to operate the new long-range variant of the A321neo, which is claimed to have the longest range of any single-aisle jet capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles.
Transat president and chief executive Jean-Marc Eustache said: “This agreement with AerCap will allow us to continue offering our customers the service and comfort they are used to, at the best possible price.
“We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with the world’s leading aircraft lessor, with which we have enjoyed a fruitful and long-standing association.”
AerCap chief executive Aengus Kelly added: “The A321neo LR will significantly improve Air Transat’s fleet with the most efficient, longest-range single-aisle aircraft that offers an exceptional level of passenger comfort.”
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