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Primera aims long-range with A321neo

The low-cost Nordic airline that is entering the transatlantic fray chooses long-range aircraft.

Primera Air, the low-cost Nordic leisure airline that is entering the transatlantic fray, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo to be deployed on transatlantic routes to North America from the United Kingdom and France.

An event marking the delivery took place in Hamburg in the presence of president and chief executive Andri Már Ingólfsson and Airbus’ vice president for sales in Northern and Central Europe, Kimon Sotiropoulos.

The aircraft, which was assembled in Hamburg, is the first of three A321neos to be leased from GE Capital Aviation Services this year.

Primera Air will also lease a further five A321neos from other lessors, including two “long-range” A321LR variants, increasing its fleet to eight aircraft in 2018. It has 18 planes on order in total, including ten Boeing 737 MAX 9s.

Chosen for its range
The A321neo just delivered, powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines, comes with a two-class layout with 16 premium and 182 economy seats.

Primera Air says it selected the aircraft in particular “for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range”.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Airbus says the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15% per seat as from now and 20% by 2020.

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