Air Transat is eagerly awaiting the arrival of new Airbus A321XLR aircraft while concentrating on fleet renewal and expansion. The anticipated delivery date was just made public by the Canadian airline.
Under a long-term lease arrangement with the US-based lessor Air Lease Corporation, four A321XLRs will be delivered to Air Transat between the end of 2025 and 2026. The lessor stated in the statement released by Air Transat on September 8, 2022, that the agreement also contains an option for a second narrow-body to be delivered in 2027.
The advent of the Airbus A321XLR [extra-long range – ed. The mainstay of the airline’s strategic plan for operations between 2022 and 2026 is the addition of the note] jet to the fleet. The carrier is of the opinion that both XLRs and A321LRs [extended range – ed. note] will enhance how well the airline operates during transatlantic flights.
According to Air Transat’s estimates, it would be possible to fly the A321XLR from its hubs in Montreal and Toronto to Southern European locations like Split and Croatia.
“Adding these three new XLRs to our fleet – with a fourth optional one – will allow us greater operational flexibility as this type of aircraft is very well suited to our needs across our programs annually,” Air Transat chief executive Annick Guerard said.
The airline bets on the new levels of comfort and passenger experience its passengers will receive in flight while simultaneously striving to achieve its sustainability goals by replacing its fleet with the most environmentally friendly Airbus plane in its category.
“Air Transat’s new leasing agreement with our long-trusted partner ALC represents another key milestone in the renewal and simplification of our fleet undertaken since 2017. Adding these three new XLRs to our fleet – with a fourth optional one – will allow us greater operational flexibility as this type of aircraft is very well suited to our needs across our programs annually,” the CEO added.