Azores Airlines first A320neo commences operations

An Azores Airlines A320neo parked at the terminal.
Photo Credit: SATA Azores Airlines

Azores Airlines carried out its first commercial flight with the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) on Sunday January 28. The flight between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada (Azores) landed at João Paulo II Airport at 08:40. 

The inaugural commercial flight of the airline’s first Airbus A320neo, flying between Lisbon and Ponta Delgada marked something of a historic moment for the carrier as it moves through a fleet modernization from the older A320ceo.

A320neo Efficiency

At the heart of the Airbus A320neo lies state-of-the-art technology aimed at revolutionizing air travel.

Featuring the latest generation engines, known as High-Bypass engines, and advanced aerodynamic enhancements such as the Airbus Sharklet™ wings, this aircraft boasts unparalleled efficiency.

These advancements enable a remarkable 20% reduction in fuel consumption and a 5% decrease in gas emissions and noise compared to its predecessors, showcasing Azores Airlines’ commitment to environmental sustainability.


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The “PURE” Experience

Embodying the spirit of the Azores Archipelago, each Airbus A320neo in Azores Airlines’ fleet proudly displays the word “PURE” on its fuselage.

This symbolic gesture pays homage to the pristine beauty of the region and underscores the airline’s deep-rooted connection to its heritage.

Moreover, this new aircraft model marks a strategic initiative by Azores Airlines to modernize its fleet, replacing older Airbus A320ceo models with state-of-the-art counterparts.

Photo Credits: SATA Azores Airlines

Comfort Redefined

Step aboard the Airbus A320neo, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of comfort and sophistication.

Configured to accommodate 168 passengers, the cabin exudes tranquility with its captivating shades of blue reminiscent of the Azorean sky and sea.

Every aspect of the interior has been meticulously crafted, from the ergonomic seating to the meticulously designed bulkheads that delineate the various sections of the aircraft.

Furthermore, a thoughtfully curated lighting and cabin sound scheme further enhance the ambiance, bringing a touch of the Azores’ essence to every journey under the SATA Group brand.

About Azores Airlines

Azores Airlines, formerly known as SATA Internacional, is an airline based in Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel in the autonomous archipelago of the Azores. It is the flag carrier of the Azores and the main provider of air transportation to and from the archipelago.

Founded in 1990, the airline operates scheduled services to mainland Portugal, Europe, North America, and Canada. It also has an extensive network of inter-island flights within the Azores. Azores Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance network.

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