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Mon, 24 June 2019

JetBlue Converts A321neo Order into XLR; Confirms More A220-300s

JetBlue Airways has converted 13 existing Airbus A321neo orders into firm orders for the new A321XLR, and firmed up an order for 10 additional A220-300 aircraft from existing options.

JetBlue, a New York-based low-cost airline, now operates 193 A320 and A321 aircraft, has orders for 85 A321neos, and previously ordered 60 A220-300s. In April, JetBlue converted 13 A321neo aircraft in its existing order to the LR (long range) version.

The A321XLR has a range of up to 4,700nm 15% more than the A321LR. The new aircraft type was unveiled at the Paris Air Show last week and is expected to launch in 2023.

JetBlue Airbus A220-300 Click to enlarge.

The A220 (formerly the Bombardier C Series), designed for the 100-150 seat market, is powered by Pratt & Whitneys latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.

From H2 2020, the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of A220 aircraft will increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes), increasing the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than currently advertised.

The current basic MTOW is 60.8 t for the A220-100 and 67.6 t for the A220-300. With the new MTOW increase of 2.3 t, the respective aircrafts MTOW will be brought up at 63.1 t for the A220-100 and 69.9 for the A220-300. 

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