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May 20, 2024


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Aegean Airlines announced it has decided to “invest into an extended range and upgraded cabin quality version of the A321neo to create a “special purpose” sub fleet of initially four A321neo aircraft able to reach further and best serve non-EU markets, mostly to the South and South-East of Greece.”

Like other airlines moving into the A321neo arena, the potential of going further and expanding reach is irresistible. The other obvious example is Icelandair. This path is becoming well-trodden.

Aegean says these four specially configured A321neo aircraft will have additional fuel tanks for flights up to 7.5 hours. The cabin configuration will be different, with a higher level of comfort for Economy and Business Class passengers and a seat count that will be reduced from 220 in Aegean’s standard A321neo version to less than 180 seats.

The airline says it has destinations in the Gulf, such as currently served (Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai) or potential new (e.g., Bahrein, Doha, Oman), but also in Central Africa (e.g., Lagos, Addis Ababa, Nairobi) and Asia with the potential to serve routes such as Delhi or Mumbai in India or Almaty in Kazakhstan.

In 2023, Aegean exercised three additional A321neo options under the Purchase Agreement with Airbus and converted five firm orders of A320neo to A321neo.  Aegean now has 50 A320neo orders, of which 29 are A321neo.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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