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Airbus launches longest range single-aisle airliner: the A321XLR


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#1 flee

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 05:24 PM

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Le Bourget - Following the very positive feedback from the market, Airbus has launched the A321XLR to complement its best-selling A321neo Family. The A321XLR thus becomes the next evolutionary step which responds to market needs for even more range, and creates more value for the airlines by bringing 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previous-generation competitor aircraft. Starting from 2023, the aircraft will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm 15% more than the A321LR and with the same unbeatable fuel efficiency.

With this added range, airlines will be able to operate a lower-cost single-aisle aircraft on longer and less heavily travelled routes many of which can now only be served by larger and less efficient wide-body aircraft. This will enable operators to open new world-wide routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, as well as further extending the Familys non-stop reach on direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas. For passengers, the A321XLRs new Airspace cabin will provide the best travel experience, while offering seats in all classes with the same high-comfort as 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 minimal changes needed to give the aircraft an Xtra Long Range with increased revenue payload. The changes include: the 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 optimised wing trailing-edge flap configuration to preserve the same take-off performance and engine thrust requirements as todays A321neo. In particular, the new optimised RCT holds more fuel than several optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) did previously, while taking up less space in the cargo hold thus freeing-up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long range routes.

The A320neo Family is the worlds best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,500 orders from more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates new-generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices plus other improvements which together bring double-digit fuel savings over its predecessor, the A320ceo Family.

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Airbus faces cabin comfort dilemma as it launches A321XLR jet

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is poised to break records by launching the longest-range narrow-body jetliner at the Paris Airshow this week, but jetmakers are having to rethink their mantra on comfort as they squeeze ever more miles out of jets designed for shorter trips.

Report: https://www.reuters....t-idUSKCN1TI0LN

#2 Mohd Suhaimi Fariz

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 07:36 PM

We've come full circle. Previously long haul trips were done on narrowbody jets like the 707 & the DC-8. Now we're back to narrowbody jets on long haul!



#3 flee

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:20 PM

We've come full circle. Previously long haul trips were done on narrowbody jets like the 707 & the DC-8. Now we're back to narrowbody jets on long haul!

And KUL will see one of the first narrow bodies from Air Arabia from July....

#4 Jeremiah Wong

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:26 PM

We've come full circle. Previously long haul trips were done on narrowbody jets like the 707 & the DC-8. Now we're back to narrowbody jets on long haul!


Nothing fancy but meanwhile in Boeing and its MAX....

#5 Chris Tan

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 11:01 PM

We've come full circle. Previously long haul trips were done on narrowbody jets like the 707 & the DC-8. Now we're back to narrowbody jets on long haul!

Oh dear. Some people resent 738s on 3-4 hour flights. What will they make of an 8-9 hour flight on a flying machine with only one aisle?

#6 flee

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 11:50 AM

Looking at the Airbus infographics, one of the routes is KUL-AKL. GC distance is 4,699 nautical miles. Looks like the plane will arrive at AKL with fumes in its fuel tanks! :)

#7 KK Lee

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 01:55 PM

If D7 include A321XLR, for certain it will be profitable.



#8 flee

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 02:26 PM

If D7 include A321XLR, for certain it will be profitable.

Well, it depends on how they configure it. Will it be all an economy 220 seat plane or will it have two class configuration? I think the A321XLR will work for them on their Korea/Japan/Australia routes. A very useful aircraft to have if they want to launch new routes or increase frequency of existing ones.

Edited by flee, 18 June 2019 - 02:27 PM.


#9 BC Tam

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 05:23 PM

We've come full circle. Previously long haul trips were done on narrowbody jets like the 707 & the DC-8. Now we're back to narrowbody jets on long haul!

Slight difference I believe, those long haul 707s and DC8s had to make do with multiple hops back then in time :)

Also back then in time, there weren't any fatties about yet, so everything was slim by default :D






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