The Portuguese Operator has taken delivery of its first of three Airbus A321LR to be leased from Air Lease Corporation
The Portuguese operator Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR aircraft. The carrier is already an operator of the Airbus A321neo jet. However, the airline will replace the A321neo with the longer-range version.
Before now the Airline operates an all-Airbus fleet of A320 and A321neo. The A321LR was the longest-range version of the re-engined jet before the boss at Toulouse, unveiled its new A321XLR variant which will become available from 2023.
What You Should Know About Airbus A321LR
The A321LR is a new narrow-body aircraft, with a reach significantly longer than most traditional narrowbody aircraft (single Aisle). With a range of 7,400km, this aircraft has the potential to open up new markets. This new member of the fleet will provide Azores Airlines with more operational flexibility while leveraging on aircraft commonality.
The single-aisle completed its first flight on 31st Jan 2018 and in October of 2018, Airbus A321LR was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA). Including in these certifications the ETOPs operation with a maximum flight time of 180 minutes with a motor to an airport.
First Commercial Flights of Airbus A321LR
The first transoceanic commercial flight with an Airbus A321LR was carried out by the Canadian airline Air Transat
Airbus A321LR Engines and Configurations
The single-aisle aircraft is Powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, According to an Insider, the Azores Airlines’ A321LR comprises 190 seats in a two-class configuration (16 Business class seats and 174 seats in Economy) offering premium wide-body comfort in a single-aisle aircraft cabin and with single-aisle operating costs.
With the addition of the new Airbus jet, the Portuguese operator will continue its strategy of growth and network expansion to European destinations as well as transatlantic routes between the Azores and North America.
Azores Airline’s current transatlantic route network includes services to Boston, Toronto, and seasonal services to Oakland and Montreal. In Europe, the carrier flies to mainland Portugal, Spain, Germany, and also the United Kingdom