Boston has been confirmed as the first transatlantic destination to be served by SAS using new narrowbody Airbus A321 long range aircraft.

The first A321LR will enter service on September 18, 2020 on the Copenhagen-Boston route.

This will enable the service to go year-round on a high frequency basis with a combination of A330s and A321LRs.

Other new A321LR routes will be announced in 2020 with the aircraft having sufficient range to reach the north-east US, Canada, the Middle East and India from Scandinavia.

The 157-passenger aircraft will be configured in three classes including 22 business class seats.

It is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 15%-18% in comparison to previous generations of similar aircraft.

SAS has ordered three A321LRs and plans to have them all in operation for the summer 2021 schedule.

Chief commercial officer Karl Sandlund said: “This is an entirely new aircraft type for SAS, which is incredibly well suited to the Scandinavian market and emerging travel patterns to and from the region.

“It gives SAS an opportunity to offer travellers more intercontinental routes, fewer stopovers and shorter travel times to and from Scandinavia.

“The new aircraft is equipped with a service concept at par with the rest of SAS’ long-haul fleet, offering passengers all the benefits, level of comfort and choices of our traveling classes.

Sandlund added: “Reducing the carbon footprint in the airline industry is crucial and SAS aims to lead the way toward sustainable travel.

“We have set a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 25% by 2030. The ongoing fleet renewal, including new long haul aircraft, is an investment toward more sustainable aviation.”