The A321 XLR can fly on transatlantic routes and has a range of 4,700 nautical miles.
Tuesday 18, June 2019
(Bloomberg) --Airbus has launched a new model, the A321 XLR, a bid by the European plane maker to capture untapped demand for long-range flights on smaller planes.
The manufacturer gave details about the jet on the first day of the Paris Air Show, seeking to take advantage of rival Boeing’s woes related to two fatal crashes and drum up orders for the long-anticipated jet.
The XLR is a new longer-range variant of the best-selling A320neo family aimed at part of the medium-haul segment that Boeing rival is also eyeing with its new midmarket aeroplane still in development.
Airbus won a mega-order for about 100 aircraft from Air Lease that includes a mix of A321 XLRs as well as smaller A220 jetliners acquired from Bombardier.
Additionally, the European plane maker also secured a $4.15 billion deal to sell as many as 14 A330neo passenger jets to Virgin Atlantic Airways, with options for six more, giving a lift to a re-engined wide-body model that has lagged Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in sales.
American Airlines Group is also said to be considering an order for as many as 50 of Airbus’s new long-range A321 XLR jets.
The world’s largest carrier sees the plane, which would have the longest range of Airbus’s single-aisle offerings, as a potential replacement for its aging fleet of 34 Boeing 757-200 jets.