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02 JUNE, 2019 BY: MAX KINGSLEY-JONES Airbus says it could deliver an extended-range “A321XLR” derivative within five years, but is yet to formally confirm the status of the project. Speaking at the IATA AGM in Seoul, Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer hinted at plans for “extended-range versions [plural]” of the A321 in its single-aisle line-up. Asked when such a derivative could be available for delivery, he said: “The earliest you can expect any new versions of an A321 with some serious work done on it would be the 2023-24 timeframe.” Airbus is widely expected to announce the go-ahead for the extended range version of the A321LR at this month’s Paris air show, backed by commitments from customers. The XLR variant is believed to incorporate wing and weight upgrades to enable it carry around 220 passengers over 4,000nm (7,410km). It may also feature a revised cockpit incorporating the latest technology from the A350. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/extended-range-a321xlr-available-by-2024-airbus-458630/ IAG e Jestar dizem que têm interesse. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a321xlr-concept-very-interesting-for-iag-chief-458643/ https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/jetstar-shows-interest-in-a321xlr-for-australia-japa-458638/
09/12/2019 SKY, a Chilean-based ultra-low-cost carrier, has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for 10 A321XLRs. The airline will expand its international route network with the new aircraft. The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step in the A320neo/A321neo Family, meeting market requirements for increased range and payload in a single-aisle aircraft. The A321XLR will deliver an unprecedented narrow-body airliner range of up to 4,700nm, with 30% lower fuel consumption per seat compared with previous-generation competitor jets, allowing airlines to expand networks by making new longer routes economically viable. “This new aircraft fleet will allow us to expand our offer of international and wide-ranging routes, always under our successful low cost model and its extremely convenient ticket prices. Now passengers can enjoy new and very attractive destinations on the most modern airplanes in the market,” said Holger Paulmann, CEO of SKY. Arturo Barreira, President of Airbus Latin America, said: “We are delighted that SKY has selected the A321XLR to further expand its fleet of all Airbus aircraft. The A321XLR will allow SKY to offer its customers new destinations, such as direct flights from Santiago in Chile to Miami in the U.S.” According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin America will need 2,700 new aircraft in the next 20 years, more than double today’s fleet. Passenger traffic in Latin America has doubled since 2002 and is expected to continue growing over the next two decades. Specifically in Chile, traffic is expected to increase from 0.89 trips per capita to 2.26 trips in 2038. In parallel to the growing fleet, according to Airbus’ latest GMF, there will be a need for 47,550 new pilots and 64,160 technicians to be trained over the next 20 years in Latin America. To cover this necessity SKY also selected Airbus as its flight training provider, making the airline the launch customer for the new Airbus Chile Training Centre. The centre will offer flight crew training for Chilean pilots and will include a full-flight A320 simulator. SKY has been an Airbus customer since 2010 and became an all-Airbus operator in 2013. The airline’s fleet of 23 A320 Family aircraft serves national and international routes connecting Chile to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. Airbus has sold 1,200 aircraft, has a backlog of more than 600 and more than 700 in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, representing a 60% market share of the in-service fleet. Since 1994, Airbus has secured nearly 70% of net orders in the region. https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2019/12/chiles-sky-orders-10-a321xlrs-to-expand-its-international-footprint.html
United Airlines Holdings Inc. is nearing an order for its first long-range Airbus SE A321neo jets, people familiar with the matter said, dealing a new setback to rival Boeing Co. as the U.S. planemaker struggles through the grounding of its 737 Max. The Airbus sale is for 50 of the European company’s A321XLR jets, with deliveries to begin in 2024, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Valued at $7.1 billion before customary discounts, United’s order would expand the U.S. foothold of a single-aisle variant capable of handling North Atlantic routes. With the deal, expected to be announced as soon as Tuesday, Airbus lines up another major U.S. customer for a model intended to replace Boeing’s out-of-production 757. The Chicago-based manufacturer has postponed deciding whether to develop a new jet of comparable size while it attempts to end the grounding of its workhorse Max, which was banned from the skies in March after two deadly crashes. United’s Airbus deal is particularly noteworthy since the Chicago-based airline is one of the largest customers of Boeing’s 737 Max 10 planes, with 100 on order. While that Max variant is designed to haul a similar number of travelers to the A321, it will lack the range to tackle nine-hour flights like the XLR. American Airlines Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. have already ordered the XLR. Airbus launched the model, its longest-range single-aisle aircraft, in June at the Paris Air Show, with first deliveries planned for 2023. The plane can fly as far as 4,700 nautical miles, or 15% more than the A321LR model. The XLR will replace some of United’s older 757-200 planes, said one of the people familiar with the talks. The airline operates 75 of Boeing’s 757 jets, including the larger 757-300 model, and United said in October that it was actively considering how to replace them. United’s board met Tuesday with an agenda that included consideration of the Airbus order. The airline has 180 of the smaller Airbus A319 and A320 models and has been scouring the used market for more A319s.
https://blueswandaily.com/david-neeleman-xlr-is-necessary-the-a321lr-ended-up-not-having-the-promised-reach/ June 27, 2019 TAP Air Portugal major shareholder David Neeleman commented on the A321XLR, stating that TAP will place an order for the aircraft, which would come from order conversions from A321LR (Mercado e Eventos, 19-Jun-2019). Mr Neeleman qualified the A321XLR as “important, necessary and a need” adding: “The A321LR ended up not having the promised reach… to replace the Boeing 757. The XLR is more ready”.