FARNBOROUGH 2016: Norwegian to use A321LRs for transatlantic routes

Norwegian has placed an order for 30 Airbus A321LRs (one of the NEO family), switching these aircraft for 30 of the A320neos from the commitment it signed in June 2012 for 100 A320neo aircraft.

The carrier will become the the first low-fare airline to operate the A321LR. The new aircraft will feature a single class cabin layout, seating approximately 220 passengers.

“I am very excited about this new order of the Airbus A321LR,” remarked Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian. “The new ‘short long-haul’ aircraft available from 2019 fits really well with our global expansion plans and future long-haul network, both in terms of size, range and fuel efficiency. The Airbus A321LR is the newest narrowbody long-haul aircraft on the market and with this order we will have a significant cost advantage and increased competitiveness, which means that we can offer our customers low prices on board brand new aircraft to a wide range of new destinations.”

The A321LR, the latest member of the A320neo family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. It will have the longest range of any single-aisle airliner, making it suited to Norwegian’s transatlantic routes. The first deliveries of the type will start in 2019.

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