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Flying Further: Airbus Launches Long Range Airbus A321XLR


Yesterday, at the start of the 2019 Paris Air Show, Airbus launched the Airbus A321XLR (Xtra Long Range), based on its popular Airbus A321neo.

With a service entry planned in 2023, the A321XLR will offer even more range, flying for up to 4,700 nm (8,700 km) with up 20 220 passengers in 2-class layout or 240 in single class.

The A321XLR features an increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 101 tonnes, which enables the jetliner to be fitted with a permanent Rear Centre Tank (carrying 12,900 litres of fuel) and an optional forward Additional Centre Tank.

Aerodynamic-enhancing Sharklets on the wings and fuel-efficient engines will ensure outstanding environmental performance: 20% lower fuel burn per seat, 5,000 tonnes less CO2 per year, and a noise footprint that is 50% lower for passengers and airports.

The A321XLR cabin will benefit from the “Airspace by Airbus” interior, featuring a range of cabin elements providing both tangible benefits for passengers and differentiation for airlines.

With the A321XLR, the A320neo Family not only will share common cockpit ergonomics with the Airbus wide-body jetliners, but also will have a common cabin design language and the latest technology.

New interior’s enhanced elements include the largest overhead storage compartment (called “XL bins”) with 40% more volume, as well as iconic ceiling lighting, new sidewall panels, a new lavatory design, new window bezels, and coloured LED lighting for the cabin.

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