Air Transat has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term (12-year) leasing of 10 Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered between spring 2019 and fall 2020, and will replace Transat's Airbus A310s, which will be gradually retired from the fleet.
The new birds will be deployed on both sun destinations and transatlantic routes. The airline says that combined with the Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s, they will serve Transat's network in an efficient and cost-effective way.
The TS A321neo LRs will be configured for 200 seats in Club and Economy classes. All seats will be equipped with individual touch screens offering entertainment.
"The A321neo LRs will perfectly complete our fleet of A330s and B737s," said Transat president and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache.
"These aircraft are also an ideal solution for replacing our A310s. This agreement with AerCap will allow us to continue offering our customers the service and comfort they are used to, at the best possible price."
Aengus Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, AerCap, stated: " The A321neo LR will significantly improve Air Transat's fleet with the most efficient, longest-range single-aisle aircraft that offers an exceptional level of passenger comfort."
TS will be among the first carriers to operate the new long-range (LR) variant of the Airbus A321neo (new engine option). It has the longest range of any single-aisle jetliner, capable of flying up to 7,400 km.
TS says the plane is ideally suited for its combination of routes, with its size giving flexibility in terms of flight commercialization and frequency and its fuel efficiency keeping cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint.
Air Transat's fleet currently consists of 31 permanent aircraft in a flexible-fleet model that allows it to deploy more wide-body aircraft in summer for the high transatlantic season, and narrow-body aircraft in winter for the high sun destinations season.