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Air Canada to acquire 26 Airbus A321neo extra-long range aircraft

The Canadian airline says its chosen aircraft has the right range for all North American and transatlantic markets.

March 22, 2022   by CM Staff

Air Canada Announces the Acquisition of 26 Airbus A321neo Extra-Long Range Aircraft (CNW Group/Air Canada)

MONTREAL — Air Canada is acquiring 26 extra-long range (XLR) versions of the Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The Canadian airline says its chosen aircraft has the right range for all North American and transatlantic markets. The XLRs should also be more comfortable for clients and contribute to environmental programs through its fuel efficiency.

Air Canada says it expects to receive the new XLRs from 2024 to 2027, 15 of which will be leased from Air Lease Corporation and another five from AerCap. The company will acquire six aircraft from a purchase agreement with Airbus S.A.S. that includes purchase rights for an another 14 aircraft.

“Air Canada is committed to further strengthen its market-leading position, especially through investments in new technology. The acquisition of the state-of-the-art Airbus A321XLR is an important element of this strategy and will drive our core priorities of elevating the customer experience, advancing our environmental goals, network expansion and increasing our overall cost efficiency,” said Michael Rousseau, president and CEO of Air Canada in a statement.

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