Norwegian Air Shuttle announced today that they will convert 30 of the 100 A320neos into orders for Airbus’s new, long-range A321, the A321LR.
Deliveries will start in 2019, with 8 being delivered that year, 11 in 2020 and the final 11 in 2021.
The A321LR will help Norwegian introduce many long, thin routes and has the range to fly between the US East Coast and Europe, between Scandinavia and parts of Asia, as well as South America and Europe.
“I am very pleased with this new Airbus order. The new medium-range 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. Airbus 321LR is the newest narrow body 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,ʺ said Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos.
“We are very pleased that Norwegian has selected the A321LR, the longest range of any single aisle airliner in the world. We are delighted that Norwegian will be the first low-cost transatlantic operator with the A321LR. “The A321LR sets new industry standards for eco-efficiency in terms of fuel saving and passenger appeal” said John Leahy, COO Customers.