16 April 2018 — Dublin
Primera Air, a low-fare Nordic airline, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, on lease from GECAS. Assembled and delivered Monday in Hamburg, this aircraft is the first of three from the GECAS orderbook that Airbus will deliver to the airline in 2018.
“Given the outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range of the aircraft,” shared Andri Már Ingólfsson CEO and President of Primera Travel Group, “the A321neo is ideally suited to our cross-Atlantic travel from both the UK and France.”
“GECAS is delighted to be delivering Primera’s first new A321neo today,” declared GECAS Senior Vice President - Sales, Felix McArdle. “We have been partnering with them on fleet solutions for 11 years now and this latest delivery of the ground-breaking A321neo with LEAP engines is the latest chapter and a very important development for Primera. We wish them every success with the operation.”
“Incorporating the latest technology engines, such as the CFM Leap-1A, along with aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent per seat from day one and 20 percent by 2020.” added Kimon Sotiropoulos Vice President Sales Northern and Central Europe from Airbus.
Primera Air is a low-fare Nordic airline that offers scheduled flights from Europe to more than 70 destinations across the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean and North America. Originally founded in Iceland in 2004 in Iceland, as a charter provider, Primera Air has grown to become a fully – scheduled LCC that now carries over one million passengers each year. Initially, Primera Air operated charter flights for major Scandinavian tour operators with its main hubs in Denmark and Sweden, but gradually it has moved towards scheduled services. Today Primera Air operates mid and long-haul flights from its bases in Scandinavia, UK and France.
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