Air­bus pulls back the cur­tain and re­veals A321XLR at Paris Air Show

Com­ple­ment­ing the widely pop­u­lar A321­neo Fam­ily, the new air­craft fea­tures 30% lower fuel burn per seat as com­pared to last-gen­er­a­tion com­peti­tor air­craft

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On the side­lines of the Paris Air Show 2019, Air­bus has an­nounced the launch of the A321XLR, an evo­lu­tion on the A321­neo that boasts an im­pres­sive range of 4,700nm.

Equally im­pres­sive as its im­proved range, the air­craft will also re­port­edly achieve 30% lower fuel burn per seat than last-gen­er­a­tion com­peti­tor air­craft types.

Avail­able to mar­ket from 2023, the air­craft’s range of 4,700nm is roughly 15% more than the A321LR and fea­tures an equal level of fuel ef­fi­ciency. As a re­sult, car­ri­ers will be able to op­er­ate lower-cost sin­gle-aisle air­craft on longer and less heav­ily trav­elled routes, which to­day are typ­i­cally served by larger and less ef­fi­cient wide-body air­craft.

At the close of the bian­nual air show held at Paris–Le Bour­get Air­port, Air­bus recorded or­ders and com­mit­ments for over 240 A321XLR air­craft. A to­tal of 10 cus­tomers were se­cured for the new vari­ant.

Amongst the high-pro­file cus­tomers was IAG that penned a deal with the French aero­space man­u­fac­turer for 14 firm or­ders and 14 op­tions for the new air­craft. The first to com­mit was Lessor Air Lease (ALC, which signed a deal for 27 air­craft on the first day of the show.

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.

Other fea­tures of the A321XLR in­clude a new per­ma­nent Rear Cen­tre Tank (RCT) for more fuel vol­ume, as well as mod­i­fied land­ing gear for an in­creased max­i­mum take-off weight (MTOW) of 101 met­ric tonnes.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the air­craft boasts an op­ti­mised wing trail­ing-edge flap con­fig­u­ra­tion that main­tains sim­i­lar take-off per­for­mance and en­gine thrust re­quire­ments as de­liv­ered by the A321­neo.

The aero­space man­u­fac­turer also noted that the op­ti­mised RCT holds more fuel than sev­eral op­tional Ad­di­tional Cen­tre Tanks (ACTs) while tak­ing up less room in the cargo hold. This in turns frees up an un­der­floor vol­ume that al­lows for in­creased cargo and bag­gage on long-range routes.

Avail­able to mar­ket from 2023, the air­craft’s range of 4,700nm is roughly 15% more than the A321LR.

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