Irish carrier Aer Lingus has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR. Appropriately registered EI-LRA, the airline has a further seven of the type on order.
Unlike the rest of the airlines narrowbody Airbus fleet, their A321LR variant features two separate cabins with 16 business class seats and 168 in Economy, set out in the standard 3-3 layout. All seats will feature personal IFE, power points and WiFi.
The Aer Lingus A321LR will be used on flights from the airlines’ Dublin base on Trans Atlantic flights initially to Hartford, Minneapolis and Montreal. In addition to this, the type will also crop up on the odd European route between long haul missions.
It is widely expected that the new type will replace the carriers ageing 757 fleet that it currently uses across the Atlantic, which have been on long term lease from ASL Airlines.
The A321LR is an updated version of Airbuses popular A321 model with upgraded engines and a range of up to 4000nm