The latest edition of Airbus’ A320neo family, the A321XLR, has been rolled out of the paint shop, marking a significant milestone in the A321XLR development.
The Airbus A321XLR is a variation of the Airbus A321LR with an extended range. The new aircraft, according to Airbus, will have a range of 4,700 nautical miles (nearly 8,700 kilometers), compared to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometers) for the A321LR. A maximum of 244 passengers can be accommodated on the aircraft.
The plane was introduced in 2019 and has already had over 450 orders in its first year. When built, it will be the world’s longest-range narrow-body aircraft, allowing carriers to fly across continents. This has only been reserved for wide-body aircraft so far.
Airbus plans to fly the XLR for the first time in 2022, followed by mass production in 2023.
Behold the #A321XLR proudly rolling out of our paintshop!
Here's to more 𝐗citing 𝐋andmarks within 𝐑each! pic.twitter.com/qeudFaYQK3
— Airbus (@Airbus) May 2, 2022
Airbus began structural construction of its first Airbus A321XLR in May 2021. Airbus finished airframe assembly in December 2021. The company’s final assembly facility in Hamburg was used for the final assembly.
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