Scandinavian carrier SAS took delivery of three Airbus aircraft that used 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The three A321LR are on lease from Air Lease Corporation and SAS becomes the newest operator of the most efficient long-haul single aisle aircraft.The A321LR is powered by CFM Leap-1A engines.
The delivery flight from Airbus Hamburg to its home base in Copenhagen used a proportion of SAF.
The initiative is part of SAS’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and Airbus’ objective to contributing to the aviation sector’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. Airbus is the first aircraft manufacturer offering customers the option of receiving new jetliners with sustainable fuel. Such delivery flights have been available since 2016.
SAS’s A321 features a modern and highly comfortable three-class cabin layout with 157 seats. The airline plans to deploy the aircraft from the Nordic countries on transatlantic routes.
The A321LR, a member of the A320neo Family, delivers 30% fuel savings and nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation competitor aircraft.
With a range of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) the A321LR is the unrivalled long-range route opener. The airline operates an Airbus fleet of 76 aircraft comprising 63 A320 Family, 9 A330 Family aircraft, and four new generation aircraft A350 XWB.
At the end of September 2020, the A320neo Family had received 7,450 firm orders from over 110 customers worldwide.