(CNN) – The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled the designs of the A321XLR – an aircraft that he believes will be the world's longest single-aisle airliner. "
The new model has a range 15% greater than that of its predecessor, the A321LR – paving the way for direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas.
The state-of-the-art aircraft, with a length of 44.51 meters, will accommodate between 180 and 220 passengers if operators choose to place passengers in traditional two-class seats.
Other changes to the aircraft include a new permanent rear center tank for increased fuel volume and a modified landing gear for an increased maximum take-off weight of 101 metric tonnes.
"We give the market what it asks … the A321XLR is the single-aisle aircraft at the longest reach – available now," said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, in a written statement to CNN.
According to Airbus, the A320neo family is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft, with more than 6,500 orders placed by more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010.