American Airlines is considering to order Airbus proposed A321XLR (X-tra Long Range) aircraft to replace its aging fleet of 34 Boeing 757-200 jets.
Airbus proposed A321XLR, with a redesigned fuel tank, would stay in the air longer than the present nine hours of the A321LR. The A321XLR adds another hour and a half to the A321LR’s capability with a range of over 4,000 nmi.
Airbus is expected to launch the XLR variant in the upcoming Paris air-show later this month, and expected to enter service in 2023-2024.
A321XLR received expression of interest from many airlines including British Airways owner IAG, JetBlue Airways and India’s IndiGo.
American Airlines shocked Boeing in 2011 when word leaked at the Paris Air Show that the airline was in talks for a major A-320-family order, its first purchase from Airbus since 1987.
That helped sway Boeing to drop plans for an all-new single-aisle aircraft and instead build a simpler upgrade with new engines, which became the now troubled 737 Max.
American Airlines is the World’s largest Airline, currently operates a fleet of 963 aircraft, including 222 Airbus A-321 jets.
News in Flight / ABC Flash Point News 2019.