Hamburg, Germany - Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has taken delivery of its first of eight Airbus A321LRs on order.
The first A321LR of the Irish operator took off from Airbus's delivery center in Hamburg and arrived in Dublin on July 29. With this delivery, Aer Lingus became the first airline to operate the Airbus A321LR among the other IAG subsidiary airlines.
The aircraft was leased from the American lessor Air Lease Corporation. It is configured in a bi-class layout and will accommodate 16 passengers in Business Class and 168 in Economy Class.
Aer Lingus will deploy this long-range variant of the A320neo family on transatlantic routes to the East Coast of the United States and Canada
So far, Minneapolis, Montreal, and Hartford have been named.
In addition to the A321LR, Aer Lingus has also ordered six A321XLR at the Paris Air Show this year. "XLR" stands for Extra Long Range".
The A321XLR can fly around 600 nautical miles more than the A321LR.
Aer Lingus currently operates an all-Airbus fleet that consists of 50 aircraft, including 13 A330 and 37 A320 Family aircraft. The Irish company will combine its A321LRs with the existing A330s to expand its route network on the medium and long-haul markets.
Another IAG subsidiary British Airways also took delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000.