Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, today announced that it has signed a lease agreement for six Airbus A321neo Long Range aircraft with the Los Angeles based Air Lease Corporation.
These additional aircraft will join Air Arabia’s fleet starting in 2019, and will help the airline better serve its existing network as well as enter longer range routes in the near future.
The agreement was signed between Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, and Alex Khatibi, Executive Vice President of Air Lease Corporation, on the sidelines of Dubai Airshow.
The A321 is a member of Airbus Industry's leading A320 family which makes up most of Air Arabia’s current fleet. The A321neo LR has been further enhanced with its new engine option, NEO, jetliner versions and expanded seating capacity with optimised use of cabin space. It is the longest range single aisle airliner on the market. Air Arabia’s new A321neo LR aircraft will feature 215 seats per aircraft while maintaining Air Arabia’s industry leading seat pitch that customers currently enjoy.
Adel Al Ali commented, "We continue to witness growth in passenger traffic across our hubs and remain focused on our business model and mission to provide affordable fare and value for money to passengers. The addition of A321neo Long Range aircraft allow us to expand our service to longer range destinations and helps offer more flexibility in our existing high density routes. We look forward to receiving the new aircraft in 2019 as we continue to offer our customers an excellent product with more destinations to discover."
The new aircraft will join Air Arabia’s existing fleet of 50 A320s that serve over 133 routes from five hubs in the UAE (Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah), Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.