Published on July 17th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
AerCap Deliver Two Airbus A321LR’s to Air Transat
Dublin based leasing company AerCap has announced the delivery of two Airbus A321LR’s on operating lease to Air Transat in Canada. Air Transat operated the world’s first A321LR delivery flight from the Airbus facility in Hamburg to Montreal, Canada, using a blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The flight, totalling 3115 nautical miles (5769 kilometres), had a carbon neutral footprint with the airline purchasing carbon credits to offset the Co2 emissions from the fossil fuel portion burned during the delivery flight. AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing and is the worlds largest Airbus A320neo family lessor. AerCap serves around 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions and currently has in excess of a thousand aircraft in its portfolio.
Speaking ahead of the delivery flight, Philip Scruggs, President and Chief Commercial Officer of AerCap said “We are very pleased to be a part of this historic milestone, working together with our partners at Airbus and with our long-time customer, Air Transat, to help them meet their sustainable growth ambitions. The A321LR, with up to 15 percent lower fuel consumption, will allow Air Transat to generate significant fuel savings while reducing the environmental impact of its operations. AerCap is committed to facilitating the move towards more sustainable air travel underpinned by its target to transition its fleet to approximately two-thirds new technology aircraft by 2021.”
Also speaking was President of Air Transat, Jean-François Lemay who said “We are delighted to welcome the fifth and sixth Airbus A321LRs to our fleet today and to be, together with AerCap, the first Airbus customer to take advantage of the new SAF delivery option at its Hamburg plant. This initiative is part of our commitment to reducing our own carbon footprint while contributing to the achievement of the airline industry’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. In addition, the A321LR is the ideal aircraft for the transformation of our fleet and the relaunch of our flight operations on July 23, thanks in particular to its medium capacity, extended range and fuel efficiency.”
Air Transat currently have a fleet of twenty Airbus A330’s, five Boeing 737-800’s, eight Airbus A321’s and five Airbus A321LR’s with two more on order. The Airbus A321LR’s are configured with 199 seats in a two class layout offering twelve Club Class seats and 187 Economy seats.