New long range Airbus A321neo aircraft are to be deployed by Air Transat on UK routes from the autumn.

The Canadian leisure carrier will use the two-class aircraft on daily departures from Gatwick to Toronto from the end of October.

The Airbus narrowbody aircraft will also be deployed on a twice-weekly service from Glasgow to the Canadian city and will serve the airline’s Manchester-Toronto service from November when four are due to be in operation.

The aircraft will be configured with 12 Club Class seats with individual touch-screens and 187 in economy with individual screens and USB ports to charge electronic devices.

Air Transat is part of the Canadian travel group Transat which disclosed being the subject of potential takeover bids last week.

Chef operating officer Annick Guerard said: “The arrival of this new generation of aircraft is an important moment for our company and our passengers in many respects.

“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 optimise our operations in our core markets, namely in our destinations in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

The company has 15 of the aircraft on order for delivery by 2022.

The Airbus A321neoLR consumes over 15% less fuel, generates 50% less noise, produces about 5,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 a year and lowers NOX emissions – which contribute to smog and acid rain – by 50% tan previous types, according to the carrier.

“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,” Guerard added.