Scandinavian carrier SAS, has taken delivery of its first of three A321LR which have been leased from the Air Lease Corporation.
Why has SAS ordered 3 A321 on Lease?
The airline plans to deploy the aircraft from the Nordic countries on transatlantic routes joining it’s existing Airbus fleet of 76 aircraft comprising 63 A320 Family, 9 A330 Family aircraft, and four new generation aircraft A350 XWB.
The delivery flight from Airbus Hamburg to its home base in Copenhagen uses a 10 percent sustainable jet fuel blend. The initiative is part of SAS’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and Airbus’ objective to contributing to the aviation sector’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. Airbus is the first aircraft manufacturer offering customers the option of receiving new jetliners with sustainable fuel. Such delivery flights have been available since 2016 – almost four years ago.
SAS’s A321 features a modern and highly comfortable three-class cabin layout with 157 seats (22 “SAS Business” class, 12 “SAS Plus” class and 123 “SAS Go” class seats).
Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy of ALC said:
“ALC is pleased to announce this first A321-200neo LR delivery to SAS today and introduce the A321neo LR to the airline.
The A321neo LR from ALC will allow SAS to commence non-stop transatlantic flights from Copenhagen and other cities in Scandinavia to the USA and Canada, further enhancing SAS’s overall operations and commitment to maintain a highly competitive, fuel-efficient fleet.”
The move means SAS can expand it’s transatlantic routes, whilst remaining environmentally friendly, with SAS keen to lead the way – Setting a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 25% by 2025.
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