Showing posts with label A321LR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A321LR. Show all posts

06 January, 2024

Icelandair’s fleet renewal continues

Icelandair and SMBC have signed a long-term lease agreement for one Airbus A321LR aircraft scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2026. This will be the fifth A321LR aircraft leased from SMBC. As previously announced, Icelandair signed a contract with Airbus for up to 25 Airbus A321XLR aircraft in July 2023 as well as a long-term lease agreement with SMBC for four new A321LR aircraft.

The Airbus A321LR and XLR aircraft will be the future replacement of Icelandair’s fleet of Boeing 757s. Deliveries of the LR aircraft will begin in 2024, and XLR deliveries will start in 2029.

Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair president and CEO:  “We are very pleased to announce the lease of one more aircraft from our long-term partner SMBC Aviation Limited. We have already started entry into service for these efficient aircraft that will replace our Boeing 757’s. They will provide exciting opportunities and possibilities to explore new destinations as well as further support our sustainability efforts.”

21 September, 2023

JetBlue adds Amsterdam service from Boston

JetBlue starts daily nonstop service between Boston and Amsterdam

The U.S. carrier JetBlue has launched its new direct service to Amsterdam from Boston, with the first eastbound flight taking place yesterday and the first westbound flight this morning. 

The new service follows the successful launch of the airline's launch of service from New York’s JFK Airport (JFK) on 29th August, as Dave Clark, JetBlue's head of revenue and planning explains: "Our recently launched Amsterdam service from New York has already been very successful and we are thrilled to expand our low fares and great service to Amsterdam to our Boston customers. Adding nonstop service to Amsterdam benefits business and leisure customers who have suffered from high fares by legacy carriers for decades and brings more options to our customers in our New England focus city.”

Martha Sheridan, Meet Boston President & CEO said:  "Boston destination partners are thrilled with the launch of this nonstop service from Amsterdam. The Netherlands is a very important overseas source market for us, annually sending more than 30,000 visitors to our region and these visitors inject upwards of $35 million into our regional economy. JetBlue's expansion into key European markets is a critical conduit for Boston to fully recover its market share of international visitors."

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Amsterdam (AMS)

Daily service

*all times local

BOS - AMS Flight #31     22:13 - 09:35 (+1)

AMS - BOS Flight #32    11:35 - 14:00 

Flights will operate daily on JetBlue’s Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint Suite seats, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior. The A321 – offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft will, according to the airline, allow it to effectively disrupt the market and enable JetBlue to offer comparatively low fares.  

Located only 10 miles from Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport is one of the largest and most important airports in Europe with over 71 million passengers per year. JetBlue’s presence at Schiphol Airport gives the U.S.-based travel provider visibility at an iconic global hub to build a new base of travellers in the Netherlands and beyond.

The airline’s Mint premium experience – which first raised the bar on transcontinental travel in the U.S. and was reimagined for transatlantic flying – offers customers a fresh choice when flying between the U.S. and Europe. JetBlue Mint features 24 fully lie-flat private suites with a sliding door – including two Mint Studio seats – and a custom-designed seat cushion developed by innovative mattress company Tuft & Needle. Its proprietary T&N Adaptive foam with a breathable cover creates a cool and comfortable sleep experience, unlike anything in the sky. Mint also boasts countless intuitive design touches that help every customer feel at home in the air. JetBlue has also introduced its latest innovation – the stunning Mint Studio – offering even more space in a premium experience.

JetBlue’s industry-leading core experience was also reinvented for transatlantic flying and offers a new level of service to customers who generally fly “coach” but still want a great experience at an attractive fare. With just 114 core seats – including 24 Even More Space Seats – customers enjoy a boutique-style experience no matter where they sit. All of the comforts JetBlue customers have come to expect are enhanced by the airline’s partnership with New York-based restaurant group Dig, to bring its signature build-your-own dining concept to tray tables at 35,000 feet – JetBlue’s complimentary meal in core. Core customers also enjoy a free selection of soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, wine and liquor. The A321LR features new extra-large overhead bins, and all customers, regardless of fare type, may bring one carry-on, space permitting, and one personal item.

Customers in both core and Mint stay connected throughout the flight with unlimited, free high-speed Wi-Fi on every plane. Additionally, customers have access to a curated selection of live TV channels – focused on news and sports – and an extensive library of seatback entertainment, allowing customers to have a multiple-screen experience onboard – just like they do at home.

31 July, 2022

Jetstar's First A321 LR touches down in Australia

After a four year count down, Jetstar Airways’ first brand new, state-of-the-art Airbus A321LR (NEO) aircraft has touched down in Melbourne this morning, lifting the bar for low fares travel in Australia.

The long-range, fuel-efficient aircraft, which has come directly from the Airbus production line in Hamburg Germany, will significantly enhance the inflight experience for customers, with a range of benefits including wider seats, larger overhead storage lockers and in-seat USB power.

In the coming months, the NEOs will also be equipped with digital streaming technology which means customers can access Jetstar’s inflight entertainment on their own devices when they fly.

The A321LR is 15 per cent more fuel efficient than Jetstar’s current fleet of A320 aircraft, 50% quieter, and can fly up to 1200kms further – making it the lowest emissions aircraft in the Jetstar fleet.

This is first in Jetstar’s pipeline of 38 new NEO aircraft, with the aircraft set to start flying on some of Jetstar’s most popular domestic routes in early September, including from Melbourne to Cairns.

12 February, 2022

SAS to serve Toronto from both Copenhagen and Stockholm

SAS expands its network in North America and will start direct routes to Toronto from Copenhagen and Stockholm in June 2022. SAS will operate three weekly flights from Copenhagen and four weekly flights from Stockholm with brand-new A321LR aircraft.

Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, an international centre for business and finance, a truly cosmopolitan city with a vast array of experiences for travellers, from major sports and culture events to great outdoor sceneries around the Great Lakes.

“We are happy to announce direct flights from Scandinavia to Toronto, taking the next step in strengthening our North America network.  SAS’ new routes will make travel between Scandinavia and Canada easy and convenient for our travellers. Flights depart from Scandinavia at midday and from Toronto in the afternoon enabling good connections in either end to other destinations, says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS.

SAS direct routes to Toronto will start in June 2022, provided that SAS obtains the necessary approval from the authorities. Ticket sales will start soon.

The Toronto routes will be operated by A321LR aircraft in a three-class configuration with 157 seats; 22 seats in SAS Business, 12 seats in SAS Plus (premium economy), and 123 seats in SAS Go (economy).

“SAS aims to be a global leader in sustainable aviation. As we continue to phase in new, fuel-efficient aircraft we now have one of Europe’s most modern fleets. The new, state-of-the-art aircraft will give our customers a more pleasant, comfortable and sustainable way of travelling,” continues Sandlund.

In the coming summer season, SAS will fly to a total of seven destinations in the US and Canada: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Toronto.

01 May, 2021

JetBlue takes delivery of A321LR with the first Airspace interior

U.S.-based JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first of 13 A321LR aircraft featuring Airbus’ new Airspace interior. These new A321LRs support JetBlue’s plan to open its highly anticipated transatlantic services, starting with direct flights to London later this year. In addition to these 13 new A321LRs, the airline also has on order another 57 Airbus aircraft comprising other A321neo variants – which will also feature Airspace cabins. By bringing Airspace to the Single-Aisle Family, JetBlue’s A321 cabins will be the very first to feature Airbus’ new award-winning cabin design-language and passenger-pleasing cabin features -- which are consistent with Airbus’ A330neo and A350 Widebody aircraft.

Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue Airways Corp. said: “At JetBlue we are eagerly looking forward to introducing the Airbus A321 Long Range single-aisle aircraft with Airbus’ Airspace interior for our new transatlantic services. These aircraft will allow us to offer our customers attentive, boutique-style service, while also ensuring ample personal space, larger overhead bins, customized lighting and a design that gives the cabin a wide-body feel.”

“We are thrilled to have JetBlue set yet another trend and introduce Airbus’ new Airspace cabin on its long range service,“ said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “For sure the outstanding comfort and in-flight transatlantic experience on board these aircraft will be a winner – for JetBlue, its valued passengers and crew alike!”

25 March, 2021

Aer Lingus to start transatlantic routes from Manchester.........................Non-stop services from to New York JFK, Orlando, Barbados and Boston

New services mark the airline’s first direct connections from the UK to the US and the Caribbean
Non-stop services from Manchester to New York JFK, Orlando,Barbados and Boston
Summer fares to the US start from £199 each-way as part of a return journey
Aer Lingus customers can avail of free, unlimited changes on all flights up to two hours before            departure with its ‘Book with Confidence’ offer


The Aer Lingus is to launch its first-ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean, which will create up to 120 new jobs.

Aer Lingus will commence four new routes from Manchester Airport flying to New York JFK and Orlando from 29 July, to Barbados from 20 October and to Boston from summer 2022.

Two of the four new routes, New York JFK and Boston, will be operated by the new single-aisle Airbus A321LR, making Aer Lingus the first airline to operate the aircraft on regular scheduled services between the UK and the US.

Services to holiday hotspots such as Orlando and Barbados will be operated by a larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Aer Lingus offers highly competitive fares in both Business Class and Economy Class on its transatlantic services operating from Manchester with summer fares starting from £199 each-way, as part of a return journey.

16 November, 2019

First new A321LR to enter SAS fleet in September 2020

The first of three new A321LRs, a narrow-bodied aircraft suited for longer distances, will enter service in the SAS fleet on September 18, 2020. The new aircraft is equipped with a service concept with three travel classes, like the rest of SAS’ long-haul fleet, and will increase SAS’ flexibility to meet Scandinavian travel patterns. The new aircraft, part of SAS’ ongoing fleet renewal will reduce climate-impacting emissions in comparison to previous generations of similar aircraft.

The Airbus A321LR is a narrow-body, single-aisle aircraft, specially configured to fly longer distances than a standard A321neo. The smaller aircraft gives SAS the opportunity to fill the aircraft on new routes and will be a welcome addition to the SAS long haul fleet. The A321LR will increase the SAS’ flexibility to adjust to changes in the demand for new routes and destinations.

27 September, 2019

JetBlue ushers in the future of its fleet with the 1st Airbus A321neo at the same time honours founder David Neeleman

First JetBlue A321neo – Aircraft registration N2002J
Named after David Neeleman its founder
JetBlue announced its newest aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, has officially entered scheduled service marking the start of a new and exciting future for the customer-favourite airline’s modern fleet. Featuring increased fuel efficiency, an extended range and the very best in customer comfort, the aircraft will benefit the airline’s customers, crew members and investors.

The new aircraft officially entered scheduled service today as flight #1 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which commemorated JetBlue’s first revenue route nearly 20 years ago when the airline first took to the skies.

25 September, 2019

Air Astana takes delivery of its first A321LR

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first A321LR on lease from Air Lease Corporation. The A321LR will join Air Astana’s fleet of 18 Airbus aircraft (eight A320s, four A321s, three A320neo and three A321neo).

Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, Air Astana’s A321LR comprises 166 seats in a two-class configuration (16 Business Full lie flat and 150 Economy class seats) offering premium wide-body comfort in a single-aisle aircraft cabin. With this new A321LR, the Kazakhstan flag carrier will continue its strategy of growth and network expansion to European destinations as well as routes to Asia.

31 July, 2019

First Airbus A321LR for Aer Lingus

Ireland’s national carrier Aer Lingus has taken delivery of its first of eight A321LR aircraft, becoming the first airline in International Airlines Group (IAG) to operate the type. The aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and configured in a two-class layout with 16 business and 168 economy seats.

The Dublin-based carrier will deploy the aircraft on transatlantic routes to the U.S. East Coast.

10 July, 2019

Azores Airlines takes delivery of its first A321LR

Azores Airlines, the Azores archipelago-based carrier, has taken delivery of its first of three A321LRs to be leased from Air Lease Corporation, becoming the latest operator of the long-range single-aisle aircraft.

Powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, 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 this new A321LR, 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.

22 May, 2019

Four Seasons selects A321LR for its private jet experiences

                                     Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has chosen the A321LR as its private jet for luxury worldwide travel, launching a new role for the Airbus corporate jet family. The aircraft will enter service in 2021.

Airbus’ A321LR is one of the newest aircraft in its NEO family and features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets - as well as extra fuel tanks in the cargo hold. These features give the A321LR  the efficiency and range to fly nonstop to landmark sights around the world while maintaining the ability to land at nearby airports.

“The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury aviation, encouraging meaningful connections between people and places while delivering a seamless and highly personalised journey,” says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Building on the tremendous success of our Private Jet program to date, with consistent sell outs, waitlists, and near perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continuously innovate and push the conventional limits of travel has led to this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before.”

07 May, 2019

An Airbus A321LR for Canadian holiday airline Air Transat

Airbus delivers first A321LR to Canada’s Air Transat

Photo Airbus

The Canadian holiday and leisure carrier Air Transat has just taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR aircraft, the first of 15 from the manufacturer via lease agreements with AerCap.

The A321LR, comes with the new Airbus Cabin Flex configuration which allows for installation of additional fuel tanks, will have a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. The Montreal based airline says it will deploy the A321LR for long-haul long-distance flights out of Canada, principally on more extended, thinner routes to European, Caribbean, Central and South American destinations.

10 April, 2019

JetBlue set to launch its first route to Europe.

After extensive review, JetBlue is all set to launch
transatlantic services on the long-range A321 aircraft

JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline and the largest airline in Boston, has announced it intends to launch multiple daily flights from both cities to London in 2021 - the carrier’s first European destination. 

The new routes, which will be served by Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft with a reimagined version of Mint, will mark the first-ever transatlantic service offered by the award-winning airline. JetBlue is evaluating which London airports it will serve.

“Twenty years ago, our founders had a simple formula for choosing a new market – it had to be overpriced, underserved, or both,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “London is the largest metro area JetBlue doesn’t yet serve from both Boston and New York, and we could not be more thrilled to be changing that in the years ahead. The fares being charged today by airlines on these routes, specifically on the premium end, are enough to make you blush.”

24 January, 2019

SAS to get three new long-range Airbus A321-200LRneos

Photo  SAS /Airbus
Aircraft leasing giant, Air Lease Corporation has confirmed it has agreed with SAS the long term lease agreements for three new Airbus A321-200neo LR aircraft.

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021 and will add to two A320-200neos on lease to the airline, for a total of five Airbus aircraft confirmed to deliver to SAS from ALC.

 “ALC is pleased to announce this lease placement for three new Airbus aircraft with SAS and be the first to introduce the A321LR to the airline,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hรกzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “The A321-200neo LR will significantly enhance SAS’ expanding fleet operations as the airline launches new intercontinental routes with the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”

22 December, 2018

Arkia Israeli Airlines gets first Airbus A321LR

Aviation Capital Group confirmed this week that it has delivered its first Airbus A321LR (long-range) aircraft to Arkia Israeli Airlines. The aircraft is on a long-term lease to Arkia and is the first aircraft to be leased by Arkia from ACG.

“We are extremely excited to deliver our first A321LR to Arkia Israeli Airlines,” said Khanh T. Tran, president and CEO of ACG. “We look forward to Arkia operating this highly fuel-efficient aircraft in their growing route network.”

“We are delighted to add a second A321LR to our fleet which will allow us to continue offering our customers a great aeroplane and the best service and comfort they can get. We are also proud to receive our first aircraft from ACG,” said Nir Dagan, president and CEO of Arkia Israeli Airlines.

14 December, 2018

TAP Air Portugal to add a third new US. route for 2019.................Lisbon - San Francisco 5 times a week

TAP Air Portugal will fly five weekly nonstop round-trips, year-round, between San Francisco and Lisbon from June next year.  San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will become the airline’s eighth North American gateway and the only one on the west coast.  Last month TAP announced new routes to Lisbon from Chicago O’Hare and Washington-Dulles, also starting in June.

The SFO flights will operate Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from June 10, departing SFO on at 4:10pm, and arriving in Lisbon at 11:25am the following morning.  Returning flights leave Lisbon at 10am, arriving into SFO at 2:40pm.  Economy fares from SFO to Lisbon start at just $380 one way, all-inclusive of taxes, or from $800 round-trip.

“We’re excited to keep adding new cities from the USA to Portugal,” said David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways and a major shareholder in TAP. “Despite being a 73-year old airline, this year TAP is one of the world’s top 10 fastest growing airlines.  As Portugal has become a more popular destination, US travellers have not only found out about Portugal but also about flying TAP beyond Lisbon to our 70+ destinations across Europe and Africa.”

"We are proud that TAP Air Portugal has selected SFO for its growth plans on the United States West Coast," said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. "We share TAP Air Portugal's passion for making air travel an enjoyable experience, and travellers in the San Francisco Bay Area can look forward to an easy and economical new way to travel to Portugal and beyond."

14 November, 2018

Arkia Israeli Airlines takes delivery of world’s first A321LR

The Worlds first Airbus A321LR has been delivered to Tel Aviv-based Arkia Israeli Airlines, which is majority-owned by Jordache Enterprises.

The carrier has taken delivery of its first A321LR, becoming the launch operator of the world’s most flexible and capable large single-aisle aircraft ever, on Wednesday, November 14th. The A321LR is the latest version of the best-selling A321 Family and allows operators the flexibility to fly long-range (LR) operations of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) and to tap into new long-haul markets, which were not previously accessible with single-aisle aircraft. The new LR cabin configuration allows airlines to offer each passenger more space and premium products for widebody comfort.

Powered by LEAP CFM motors, Arkia’s A321LR fleet will be configured with 220 seats in a single-class layout.

Arkia Israeli Airlines received its first A321LR from Hamburg, Germany. The A321LR and its derivative aircraft family members are the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft with over 6,100 orders from 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It has pioneered and incorporated the latest technologies, including its new generation engines and the industry's reference cabin design, delivering 20% fuel cost savings alone. The A320neo also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. 


02 October, 2018

Regulatory approval for Airbus long-range capability for A321neo

In a significant step forward, Airbus has received regulatory approval for “Long Range” (LR) operations of the A321LR this week, despite its launch customer Primera Air going bust.

The aircraft makers got joint EASA and FAA approval of the aircraft to operate with up to three underfloor Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs), including for ETOPS operation. This latest milestone is one of various A321neo capability options which when combined, allow the A321LR version to fly up to 4,000nm with 206 passengers with extra fuel stored in three ACTs, including on ETOPS routes. Moreover, the ETOPS authorisation enables up to 180 minutes single-engine diversion time, which is sufficient for performing any transatlantic route.

EASA and FAA certify long-range capability for A321neo

01 September, 2018

SAS mulls over A321LR order

The chief executive of SAS, one of the leading Scandinavian airlines has confirmed the airline is currently evaluating an order for the long range Airbus A321LR aircraft.

The SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson, was speaking during press briefing regarding the airlines better than expected third-quarter results, when he advised the company was “running the numbers” on a potential order for the A321LR.

Rickard Gustafson, stated “I believe the A321LR could be an attractive aircraft that can unlock new markets in the long-haul space,” confirming  “That’s something we’re looking into.”

The ceo confirmed the airline had not yet made any firm decisions nor would he be drawn on whether the airline would make an extra order for the A321LR aircraft, or convert its existing order for the smaller A320neo aircraft or indeed source the frames elsewhere. 

So far the company has taken almost twenty new Airbus A320ne's from an order backlog of more than sixty of the type it has.