Airbus is putting the pressure on Boeing at this year’s Paris air show as they have just announced the production of their newest long range single aisle aircraft, the A321XLR.
The A321XLR is another aircraft in the already highly successful A320 series that Airbus has produced. The A321XLR is a step up from Airbus’s A321neo which is currently in a service for airlines like EasyJet,American, & many more.
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The A321XLR is said to have a range of up to 4,700 nm and is aimed at creating long haul routes that don’t have a high enough demand to use a wide body aircraft. The aim is to connect some European cities with the United States as well as some Asia and Australia routes.
The new jet is set to enter service in the year 2023. A few years before any Boeing aircraft will enter service to compete with the aircraft. Currently Airbus is using their A320neo and A321neo to compete with Boeing’s 737 max series which is currently grounded. With the grounding of the max and the success of the A320 series, Boeing is looking to get a huge push in the Paris air show to get them back on track. It is currently unknown when the max will return to service but right now the aim is by the end of the year.
Airbus has also also kicked off the Paris air show with a firm order for 27 of these A321XLR aircraft from Air Lease Corp a leading company in the United States whom also placed an order for 50 A220-300 aircraft.
Airlines like Jetblue, British Airways and many others have shown a vast interest in the aircraft before Airbus revealed the aircraft at the air show. Jetblue is looking for a new aircraft after just announcing new routes to London as apart of there new trans Atlantic journey.
Airbus says there here will be 100’s of these aircraft flying and they have many more orders to soon be announced to the public.
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