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6/20/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Airbus launches A321XLR long-range single-aisle airliner

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The latest evolution of the A321neo is said to have a range of 4,700 nm while providing 30% lower fuel burn than previous aircraft.

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Airbus A321XLR

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At the 2019 Paris Air Show, Airbus announced its new A321XLR long-range single-aisle aircraft, said to burn 30% less fuel per seat than competitor aircraft. Targeted at a 2023 launch, the aircraft will reportedly deliver a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles, which is 15% more range than the A321LR, with the same fuel efficiency.

With this added range, Airbus says that airlines will be able to operate a lower-cost single-aisle aircraft on longer and less heavily traveled routes that are currently served by larger and less efficient widebody aircraft. This will reportedly enable operators to open new routes, such as India to Europe or China to Australia, as well as further extending non-stop reach on direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas.

Airbus A321XLR

Source | Airbus

For passengers, Airbus offers a high-quality new “Airspace” cabin, as well as seats in all classes modeling the high comfort as those found on long-haul widebody aircraft.

The A321XLR has been designed to maximize overall commonality with the A321LR and the rest of the A320neo family, while introducing changes needed to give the aircraft an extra long range with increased revenue payload. Changes include:

  • a new permanent Rear Centre Tank (RCT) for more fuel volume;
  • a modified landing gear for an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 101 metric tonnes; and
  • an optimized wing trailing-edge flap configuration to preserve the same take-off performance and engine thrust requirements as today’s A321neo.

Specifically, the new optimized RCT is said to hold more fuel than several optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) did previously, while taking up less space in the cargo hold, opening up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long-range routes.

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