Air Transat receives first A321neo ahead of introduction on UK routes

8 May 2019 by Jenni Reid
Air Transat A321neo

Canadian carrier Air Transat has taken delivery of the first of 15 A321neoLR aircraft that will be added to its fleet by 2022.

The aircraft will operate Toronto-London Gatwick from October 22 (daily), Toronto-Glasgow from October 30 (twice weekly) and Toronto-Manchester from November 4 (twice weekly), according to Routes Online.

Air Transat said the single-aisle plane consumes over 15 per cent less fuel and generates 50 per cent less noise in the cabin compared with previous Airbus generations.

Club Class (premium economy) has 12 leather seats with wider touch screens and a leg rest. The 187-seat Economy Class features USB ports for charging.

Air Transat’s second A321neo is set to arrive in June, with four more arriving later in the year. By 2022, the airline plans to have an all-Airbus fleet.

“The arrival of this new generation of aircraft is an important moment for our company and our passengers in many respects,” said 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 optimise our operations in our core markets, namely in our destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

The new service is part of a growing trend for long-haul narrow-body travel.

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