Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat is to take 10 Airbus A321neo LRs on 12-year lease from Dublin-based lessor AerCap, making it the North American launch operator for the LR variant.

The aircraft will be delivered between spring 2019 and fall 2020, replacing Air Transat’s Airbus A310s, which will be gradually retired from the fleet.

“The A321neo LRs will perfectly complete our fleet of A330s and Boeing 737s. These aircraft are also an ideal solution for replacing our A310s,” Air Transat president and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said.

Air Transat plans to configure the A321neo LRs with 200 seats in a club and economy layout, operating them to sun destinations and on transatlantic routes such as Montreal-Nice.

“All seats will be equipped with individual touch screens, offering an extensive choice of entertainment for all,” Air Transat said.

Airbus confirmed that Air Transat will be the North American launch customer for the A321neo LR, which has a range of up to 4,000nm. This means the variant can access long-haul markets that were previously inaccessible to single-aisle aircraft.

“This is an ideal aircraft for the North American market, and particularly for a carrier like Air Transat. It gives operators a highly efficient and affordable modern option for their transatlantic routes, and we look forward to other North American carriers following Air Transat’s example,” Airbus COO-customers John Leahy said.

Montreal-based Air Transat has a fleet of 31 permanent aircraft, which it uses in a “flexible-fleet model.” This allows it to deploy more widebody aircraft in the summer transatlantic season and narrowbody aircraft in winter for sun destinations.

The airline carries nearly 4.5 million passengers annually to approximately 60 destinations in 26 countries.

Victoria Moores