Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) is considering the A321neo Long Range for transatlantic operations the Irish carrier revealed in a presentation for its 2014 financial results.

The Irish carrier says the type represents "an opportunity" for the airline both in terms of augmenting as well as ultimately replacing, its fleet of three leased Air Contractors B757-200s currently used on transatlantic flights to the United States.

On its launch in January this year, Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) said the A321neo LR would offer a maximum takeoff weight of 97 metric tons with the possibility of flying 206 passengers up to 4,000 nautical miles making it the longest-range single-aisle airliner on the market.

The Europeans hope to deliver 1'000 aircraft of the type beginning 2019 onwards.