On the first morning of the 53rd Paris Airshow at Le Bourget, Airbus announced the launch of the A321XLR. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2023. The launch customer will be Air Lease Corporation.
The A321XLR is another extended-range version of the A321neo family, which extends the A321LR's 15% capacity, which had been delivered for the first time earlier this year. This latest version offers increased range up to 4,700 nm / 8,700 km. Airbus says it will increase fuel consumption by 30 percent compared to current-generation aircraft (probably citing the Boeing 757).
The improved range will come from a new, larger tank located in the center of the rear, as well as an upgraded landing gear, capable of withstanding an increased maximum take-off weight of up to 101 tonnes, compared to 97 tons of the A321LR. Airbus says the new fuel tank can hold more fuel than the additional central tanks of the A321LR, while occupying less real estate in the cargo hold.
Matt is a London-based writer and journalist for International Flight Network, involved in aviation from an early age. It pays particular attention to aircraft safety, accidents and technical details.