SATA Azores Airlines is proud to see confirmed by the manufacturer Airbus that the flight performed between Lisbon (Portugal) and Bogotá (Colombia), in early January 2021, was the longest flight by duration ever recorded in the A321 LR global fleet. It was a 09H49M direct flight. The achievement proved how versatile and efficient the airline's new aircraft are.
The Airbus A321 LR registered CS-TSI, named Inspire, has joined its fleet by the end of November 2020. Ideally suited for transatlantic routes, the A321 LR allows the airline to attend long-haul markets.
The A321LR incorporated the latest technologies and presents 20% less fuel burn consumption than a previous single-aisle generation, and less 30% compared to long haul older generation aircraft.
The Airbus A321 LR has a complementary fuel tank, which means that it adapts, with the same efficiency, to both medium-haul routes (up to 5 hours of flight) and long-haul routes (more than 5 hours of flying).
The A321 LR also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly a 50% reduction in noise footprint than previous models.
SATA Azores Airlines uses this type of aircraft to perform transatlantic routes. Powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines, the Azores Airlines' A321LR comprises 190 seats in a two-class configuration (16 Business class seats and 174 seats in Economy) offering premium wide-body comfort in a single-aisle aircraft cabin and with single-aisle operating costs.