Airbus unveils new long-range, single-aisle aircraft

Business | 17 Jun 2019 6:04 pm

In the biggest new plane announcement expected at the show, Airbus formally launched its long-range A321XLR in France at the Paris Airshow today.

The single-aisle plane should will be ready for customers in 2023 and be able to fly up to 4,700 nautical miles. 

Chief salesman Christian Scherer would not say how much the plane would cost to develop, but said it would be significantly less than building a whole new plane because it is an upgraded version of the existing A321. 

With this 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. This will enable operators to open new world-wide routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, as well as further extending the Family’s non-stop reach on direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas,Airbus said. 

Right after the launch, the Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation signed a letter of intent to buy 27 of the new Airbus planes. 

That's a new challenge for Boeing, which said today it is still working on plans for a possible jet in the same category _ dubbed New Midsize Airplane, or NMA. It would fill a gap in the Boeing lineup between the smaller 737 and the larger 777 and 787. 

The air show also hosted top military officials reviewing fighter jets and other aviation developments, and is seeing a growing focus on electric planes and other planet-friendly technology. -AP/The Standard



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