Canadian carrier Air Transat is to lease seven next-generation Airbus A321neos.

The new aircraft will be added between 2020 and 2022 to replace wide-body A330s when their leases expire.

Five of the aircraft will be long range versions and will join ten new A321neos from a previous lease deal due to join the fleet from spring 2019.

The 199-seat long-range aircraft will be deployed in a two-class configuration on transatlantic routes and other services from Canada to sun destinations.

Air Transat president Jean-Francois Lemay said: “We are continuing our fleet transformation in order to achieve greater efficiency and versatility.

“With their smaller size, the A321neos will enable us to implement our air strategy, which involves increasing our flight frequencies, expanding our network and strengthening our position in several markets.

“The goal – continue to provide our customers with comfortable service at the best possible price.”

The Montreal-based carrier aims to have an all-Airbus fleet by 2024.