Montreal - The Canadian airline operator Air Transat will lease seven additional Airbus A321neo from AerCap, including five LR versions, which will be added to the ten already ordered from the Irish leasing company.
The Canadian company states in its press release of June 27 that the A321neos will be delivered between 2020 and 2022. The new aircraft will replace A330 jumbo jets whose leasing terms will end by then.
With 199 seats divided into two classes, the A321neos will be used for connecting flights on short and medium routes to the South, while long-range A321LRs will be used on transatlantic routes. They will join the ten A321LR also leased from AerCap.
We continue to transform our fleet to improve the efficiency and flexibility, said Jean-François Lemay, the CEO of Air Transat.
With their smaller size, the A321neos will enable us to expand our network, to increase our frequencies, and strengthen our position in several markets. Our ultimate objective is to continue to offer our customers a comfortable service at very competitive prices, he added.
A321neo's low fuel consumption will also make it possible to maintain a cost per seat as low as possible while reducing the carbon footprint, the Canadian carrier highlights. Besides, since the cockpits of the A330s and the A320 family (including the A321) are similar, Air Transat's flight crew will be able to fly both types of aircraft, which will ensure great operational flexibility.
Air Transat currently operates 33 aircraft within a flexible fleet model that allows it to deploy more jets in the summer, during the high transatlantic season, and smaller carriers in the winter to serve the sun destinations. In 2024, the fleet of Air Transat will be all-Airbus.