Hamburg, Germany - Today, the Portuguese carrier Azores Airlines has received its first Airbus A321LR, the long-range version of the manufacturer's best-selling A320neo family jets.
The aircraft has been leased from the American lessor Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The A321LR of the Azores archipelago-based carrier is powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines. The plane is configured to accommodate 190 passengers in a two-class configuration - 16 in Business Class and 174 in Economy.
With the arrival of the new long-range variant of the Airbus's best selling A320 neo family, Azores airlines will be able to expand its network in Europe and launch transatlantic flights between the Azores and North America.
Thanks to its extended flight range (4000nm / 7400km) the Airbus A321LR is able to fly to the destinations that were only accessible with widebody jets before.
Azores' first A321LR joins a fleet that consists of three Airbus A320ceo and two Airbus A321neo that have been in service since last year. The airline has two more A321LR on order waiting to be delivered.
Airbus's A320neo family jets have so far accumulated 6,500 orders from more than 100 customers around the world.