Hamburg - Azores Airlines received the first of its six Airbus A321neo ordered. The new aircraft will be deployed on the transatlantic and European routes of the Portuguese carrier.

The delivery ceremony was held at the Finkenwerder facilities of Airbus. Azores Airlines becomes the first operator of an A320neo family aircraft in Portugal.

The following five aircraft will be delivered by early 2021. The Azores' A321neos will be equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and are leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Four aircraft will be the A321LR, a variant with extended range.

The six new A321neo aircraft will gradually replace Azores Airlines' aging A310s on routes from the Azores to the United States and Canada, as well as the airline's high-frequency lines to Portugal and Western Europe,
said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, president of Air Lease Corporation.

The A321neo brings new levels of operational efficiency, passenger comfort, low fuel and emissions, and flexibility for the network,
he added.

Based at Ponta Delgada Airport and wholly owned by SATA (Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos), Azores Airlines operates an "All Airbus" fleet of seven aircraft including three A310-300s, three A320-200s, and one A330-200. It serves Boston, Oakland, Providence, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as several points in Europe including Paris-Orly.