Canadian low-cost carrier Air Transat has taken delivery of the first of 15 Airbus A321neoLR aircraft, which will be used on its Gatwick-Toronto route from October.

The airline plans to introduce the single-aisle aircraft on its daily service from Gatwick to Toronto – which launched earlier this month – and its twice weekly flights from Glasgow to Toronto from the end of October this year. Its twice weekly service from Manchester will follow in November 2019.

Air Transat says the A321neoLR has lower fuel consumption and emissions compared to previous generations of aircraft, producing about 5,000 fewer tonnes of CO2 per year and reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 50 per cent.

The aircraft features Air Transat’s redesigned cabin, with 12 seats in Club Class (premium economy) featuring wider touch screens for in-flight entertainment and a leg rest. All 187 Economy Class seats are wider than previous Airbus generations and offer USB ports.

The second A321neoLR will be delivered in June, with four more arriving this autumn. The airline says it plans to operate an all-Airbus fleet by 2022.

Annick Guerard, COO of Air Transat, said: “The arrival of this new generation of aircraft is an important moment for our company and our passengers in many respects. The Airbus A321neoLR represents what Air Transat stands for today and what we strive for in the coming years. It reinforces our position as a leader in sustainable tourism, while also offering our passengers a superior on-board experience. In addition, the aircraft’s long range will optimise our operations in our core markets, namely in our destinations in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”

Air Transat launched a programme of special business fares for its flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow, as well as connecting services.

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