The Airbus A321LR now flying from Washington Dulles for the first time

Oct 8, 2019

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TAP Air Portugal has begun flying the Airbus A321LR to Washington Dulles, the first of Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body to land in the nation’s capital.

The Star Alliance carrier began flying the A321LR on its flight between Lisbon (LIS) and Dulles (IAD) on Monday. The aircraft has 14 lie-flat business class and 145 economy seats.

The A321LR replaced a larger Airbus A330-200 between Lisbon and Washington. The smaller aircraft allows TAP to tailor capacity to lower demand in the winter without suspending the route on a seasonal basis.

“The reach and flexibility of [the A321LR] allows us to increase our connections between the U.S. and Portugal, as we’ve done from Porto to Newark and now between Lisbon and Washington Dulles,” said Antonoaldo Neves, executive president of TAP, in a statement.

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The airline flies to Washington Dulles five-times weekly, and plans to increase service to daily next June.

For Washington Dulles, TAP’s introduction of the aircraft marks the first time the A321LR has been put into regularly schedule service at the airport.

The long-range variant of the A321neo, the A321LR is about to become a lot more common at U.S. airports. In addition to TAP, Aer Lingus flies it to Hartford (BDL) and plans to fly it to Boston Logan (BOS), Newark (EWR), New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington Dulles by early next year, according to Diio by Cirium schedules.

JetBlue Airways has orders for 13 A321LRs, which it will use to launch flights to London from Boston (BOS) and New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) in 2021.

In addition, both American Airlines and JetBlue have orders for the A321XLR, an even longer-range version of the A321neo, that is due to begin delivering in 2023.

Featured imaged courtesy of TAP.

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