Airbus is to launch a new aircraft, adding even
more range and payload to the popular A321neo Family.
Starting from 2023, the A321XLR will
deliver a range of up to 4,700nm – 15% more than the A321LR.
added range, airlines will be able to operate a lower-cost
single-aisle aircraft on longer and less heavily travelled routes
– many of which can now only be served by larger and less
efficient wide-body aircraft.
The differences between the A321XLR and the
include: the new permanent Rear Centre Tank (RCT) for more fuel
volume; a modified landing gear for an increased maximum take-off
weight (MTOW) of 101 metric tonnes; and an optimised wing
trailing-edge flap configuration to preserve the same take-off
performance and engine thrust requirements as today’s A321neo.
particular, the new optimised RCT holds more fuel than several
optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) did previously, while
taking up less space in the cargo hold – thus freeing-up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long range