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Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:46 pm

http://www.lesailesduquebec.com/?p=7301 (Article is in French)

Air Transat has committed to lease an additional 7 A321Neo aircraft, arriving between 2020 and 2022 from AerCap, with 5 being the LR model.

This is in addition to the 10x A321Neo LRs they have already ordered themselves. Ultimately, the plan is to replace the A310s and 737s with these to establish an all Airbus fleet with a single pilot pool.

The 7 additional A321Neos are intended to replace some of the A330s on their Caribbean flying, rationalizing capacity and cutting fuel consumption.

I can see them looking to retire their aging A333's and establishing an eventual fleet of A321N and A332s. That gives them enough room to grow their fleet, the 7 A321Neos could easily replace the 5 current 737-800s and bump A332s up to replace the 3 A333s.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:24 pm

whywhyzee wrote:
I can see them looking to retire their aging A333's and establishing an eventual fleet of A321N and A332s. That gives them enough room to grow their fleet, the 7 A321Neos could easily replace the 5 current 737-800s and bump A332s up to replace the 3 A333s.


Same here. Three of their A333s are from 1995 & 1997 and even the fourth, manufactured in 2001, will have earned its keep by 2022. Also lately TS has only added A332s which have at least 30 seats less than the -300s. Do they manage to fill them all the time or could they do with them, even on their year-round YUL-CDG?
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:30 pm

Excellent. Hopefully that means a greater chance of seeing the return of non-YUL/YYZ transatlantic flying (other than existing YQB-CDG).
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:30 pm

Dominion301 wrote:
Excellent. Hopefully that means a greater chance of seeing the return of non-YUL/YYZ transatlantic flying (other than existing YQB-CDG).


Interesting perspective. I interpreted this as meaning that we are more likely to see YUL/YYZ > smaller European cities, not *from* smaller Canadian cities.

Can't wait to see these puppies in Air Transat's new, rather great looking livery. Wouldn't wanna be on one though.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:33 pm

Excellent. Hopefully that means a greater chance of seeing the return of non-YUL/YYZ transatlantic flying (other than existing YQB-CDG). There's a good chance of that happening based on this wording in the press release:

"With their smaller size, the A321neos will enable us to implement our air strategy, which involves increasing our flight frequencies, expanding our network and strengthening our position in several markets. The goal: continue to provide our customers with comfortable service at the best possible price."


https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/c ... 65781.html

whywhyzee wrote:
http://www.lesailesduquebec.com/?p=7301 (Article is in French)

Air Transat has committed to lease an additional 7 A321Neo aircraft, arriving between 2020 and 2022 from AerCap, with 5 being the LR model.

This is in addition to the 10x A321Neo LRs they have already ordered themselves. Ultimately, the plan is to replace the A310s and 737s with these to establish an all Airbus fleet with a single pilot pool.

The 7 additional A321Neos are intended to replace some of the A330s on their Caribbean flying, rationalizing capacity and cutting fuel consumption.

I can see them looking to retire their aging A333's and establishing an eventual fleet of A321N and A332s. That gives them enough room to grow their fleet, the 7 A321Neos could easily replace the 5 current 737-800s and bump A332s up to replace the 3 A333s.


Looks like that's the eventual plan, but the 737s still have approx. 5-6 years to go.

By 2024, it will have an all-Airbus fleet.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:35 pm

Cutting costs is always wise. This sounds like they are taking an opportunity to rationalize their fleet.

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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:06 pm

EChid wrote:
Dominion301 wrote:
Excellent. Hopefully that means a greater chance of seeing the return of non-YUL/YYZ transatlantic flying (other than existing YQB-CDG).


Interesting perspective. I interpreted this as meaning that we are more likely to see YUL/YYZ > smaller European cities, not *from* smaller Canadian cities.

Can't wait to see these puppies in Air Transat's new, rather great looking livery. Wouldn't wanna be on one though.


They are quoted saying the configuration will be 199 seats, which to be fair is pretty reasonable considering Wizz Air is sticking 240 in them. Pitch should be 31 inches, which is pretty standard.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:22 pm

lightsaber wrote:
This sounds like they are taking an opportunity to rationalize their fleet.


I believe it's been part of the longer term plan once they decided to order the first ten A321NeoLRs.

lightsaber wrote:
They are quoted saying the configuration will be 199 seats, which to be fair is pretty reasonable considering Wizz Air is sticking 240 in them. Pitch should be 31 inches, which is pretty standard.


Of which 8 to 12 should be for Club Class.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:56 pm

Dominion301 wrote:

Looks like that's the eventual plan, but the 737s still have approx. 5-6 years to go.



All leased, depends on the contracts when they could leave. Some standard contracts run only 12 years and can than be extended.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:52 pm

Good news it will keep at least the A330-243
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:36 am

Five of these seven A321Neos will be LR.
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:09 pm

whywhyzee wrote:
EChid wrote:
Dominion301 wrote:
Excellent. Hopefully that means a greater chance of seeing the return of non-YUL/YYZ transatlantic flying (other than existing YQB-CDG).


Interesting perspective. I interpreted this as meaning that we are more likely to see YUL/YYZ > smaller European cities, not *from* smaller Canadian cities.

Can't wait to see these puppies in Air Transat's new, rather great looking livery. Wouldn't wanna be on one though.


They are quoted saying the configuration will be 199 seats, which to be fair is pretty reasonable considering Wizz Air is sticking 240 in them. Pitch should be 31 inches, which is pretty standard.


Regardless of exact pitch, I am looking forward crossing the pond in a 6 abreast A321 instead of the dreadful 9 abreast A332
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:11 pm

Ideal for air transat to keep the aircraft forming like 13 A330-243 that replace the 4 A330-342. Also important for air transat to face Air Canada Red and other companies to increase their fleet from 40 to 50 and offire destination.
i love air transat and fan all boeing
 
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Re: Air Transat to lease an additional 7 A321Neos

Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:21 pm

I really hope to see YYZ-HAM return with the 321LR. They used to operate the route from 2005 for 6 or 7 years, seasonal. Flights were booked very good on the A310 with 90%+ load factor average over the whole season.
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