Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), acknowledged today its first Airbus (A321neo Long Range). The aircraft flew continuous from Airbus’s facility in Hamburg to Sharjah International Airport.
Air Arabia is the first Middle Eastern airline to operate the A321neo LR and this delivery is the first of six aircraft that will join Air Arabia’s fleet that comprises of 53 A320 Family aircraft serving more than 155 routes across the globe from four hubs in the UAE, (Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah), Morocco and Egypt. The addition of the A321neo LR will enable Air Arabia to expand to new medium-haul markets in addition to firming the present routes with increased seat capacity.
Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: “We are happy to welcome the first A321neo LR to our fleet, which marks additional milestone in Air Arabia’s journey. The addition of this new aircraft allows us to increase our service to farther and newer destinations while remaining loyal to our low-cost business model. We look forward to receiving the remaining aircraft in 2019 as we continue to offer our customers an excellent product with more destinations to discover”.
Air Arabia’s new A321neoLR, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, houses 215 passengers and is furnished with Air Arabia’s new state of the art cabin interior that was launched as part of Air Arabia’s new brand identity revealed in October last year. The new cabin interior comprises new generation of seats providing additional comfort onboard while maintaining Air Arabia’s known generous seat pitch.
The A321neo LR builds on the success of the A321neo and provides additional flexibility as it has the longest range of any single-aisle airliner, empowering airlines to tap into new markets previously not accessible.
Air Arabia Group has now grown to become a leading publicly listed company consisting of airlines and businesses providing travel and tourism services across the world.