Azores Airlines has revealed it is updating its short-haul and transatlantic fleets. The Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA)-owned carrier is planning to lease six new Airbus A321neos – including four longer range A321LRs – under a deal signed with US lessor Air Lease Corporation. It has selected CFM Leap 1A-powered aircraft, which will be delivered from late next year through to early 2021. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes as well as improving existing services to mainland Portugal and other European destinations.
Paulo Menezes, CEO of SATA Group, said: “Our mission is to bring the Azores to the world and the world to the Azores, and we are happy to be investing in the Airbus A321neo aircraft to continue achieving this. The A321LR’s passenger comfort, performance, superior range and fuel efficiency match our long-haul as well as regional needs.”
The LR variant of the A321neo will be able to fly sectors up to 4,000nm (7,412km), allowing Azores Airlines to continue to serve North American destinations, including Boston, Providence, Toronto and Montréal. The new aircraft also offers the carrier further options to introduce new routes and increase its frequencies.