Photo Tobias Gudat, via SAS
The Scandinavian airline SAS received its first of three A321LRs newly acquired by Airbus and leased from Air Lease Corporation. This made it the newest operator of the long-range single-aisle aircraft with CFM Leap-1A engines.
The Airbus delivery flight in Hamburg to its base in Copenhagen uses a sustainable fuel mix. The initiative is part of SAS ‘commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and Airbus’ goal to contribute to the ambitious decarbonisation goals of the aviation sector.
We named our first A321-LR Jarl Viking! Why Jarl Viking, you might think – the answer is here: https://t.co/o5Ur4irFYV 💙
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– SAS – Scandinavian Airlines (@SAS) May 6, 2020
Airbus is the first aircraft manufacturer to offer customers the opportunity to obtain new jets using sustainable fuel. These delivery flights have been available since 2016.
The SAS A321 has an extremely comfortable cabin division into three classes with 157 seats (22 seats in the “SAS Business” class, 12 seats in the “SAS Plus” class and 123 seats in the “SAS Go” class). The airline plans to use the planes from the Nordic countries on transatlantic routes.
The A321LR, a member of the A320neo family, offers 30% fuel savings and almost 50% less noise emissions compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km), the A321LR is a long-range route opener that offers true transatlantic capabilities with convenience, albeit in a flighty aircraft cabin.
The airline currently operates an Airbus fleet of 76 aircraft, including 63 A320 Family aircraft, 9 A330 Family aircraft and four new generation A350 XWB aircraft. At the end of September 2020, the A320neo Family had received 7,450 firm orders from more than 110 customers worldwide.