AIR TRANSAT has become the first airline to operate transatlantic scheduled services to the UK with an Airbus A321LR. The Canadian carrier connected Toronto/Pearson to the West Sussex facility with the long range, single-aisle jet for the first time on October 8. The aircraft are now rostered onto many of the airline’s daily Gatwick services, with Glasgow also seeing the new jets.
Adrian Keating, the carrier’s commercial director UK and Ireland, said: “We’re delighted that our valued customers in the UK and Ireland are now able to experience our state-ofthe- art A321LR aircraft on our routes from London/Gatwick and, in the near future, from Glasgow. We pride ourselves on setting the standard for holidays to Canada and, with this new addition to our fleet, your holiday really does start the minute you get on board.”
Air Transat has ordered 15 examples of the A321LR. It received its maiden example on May 3, accepting a second on June 27. The A321LR can accommodate 199 passengers in a twoclass configuration, with 187 in economy, featuring individual touchscreens and USB ports. Meanwhile in the 12-seat 'Club Class' section, passengers receive “a personalised service, gourmet meals and natural leather seats with a leg rest for maximum comfort.” (Photo Air Transat)