Norwegian converts A320neos to A321LRs

Carrier switches to long-range planes for transatlantic routes
Norwegian has converted part of an order for A320neo aircraft to the new A321LR. It signed up for 100 A320neo aircraft in June 2012, but has now switched 30 of these to 30 Airbus A321LRs.
The airline says the switch will support its growth and modernisation strategy – and allows it to become the first low-cost carrier to operate the A321LR.
The new aircraft type will help Norwegian expand its low-cost operations as it will feature a single-class cabin layout seating around 220 passengers.
The A321LR, the latest member of the A320neo family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. It will have the longest range of any single-aisle airliner, making it suited to transatlantic routes – and enabling airlines to tap into new long-haul markets not previously accessible with single-aisle planes. The first deliveries will start in 2019.
In related news, Norwegian has signed its first-ever charter agreements in the US, with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations to operate more than 600 flights on routes from the United States to the Caribbean and Mexico for the winter 2017 season. For this, Norwegian will station three Boeing 737-800s in Milwaukee and Chicago.
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