Azores Airlines received its first A321neo at a ceremony held at the Airbus Hamburg site. The new aircraft is dry-leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) and is the first of a total of six such planes to be delivered by 2021.
This delivery makes the SATA (Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos) airline the first Portuguese operator of the A321neo. The aircraft is the largest member of the A320neo Family, which, due to its innovative engine and features, offers up to 20% fuel savings.
Azores Airlines is going to use the new aircraft on transatlantic routes beginning January 12. The first flights are from Ponta Delgada and Terceira to Boston. When the second A321neo is received in March, more routes will be added. There will be scheduled flights to Lisbon from both airports and a service between Ponta Delgada and Toronto Pearson.
Azores Airlines currently operates a fleet of two A310-300s, three A320-200s, and one A330-200 Airbus aircraft across Europe, Canada, and North America.
Source: Aviation News