Airbus unveils world's longest single-aisle airliner; the Airbus321XLR

Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has unveiled the design for the Airbus321XLR, the world’s longest-range single-aisle airliner.

The manufacturer announced this during the 2019 Paris Air show at the Exhibition Centre of Le Bourget, Paris.

Features of the Airbus321XLR: The aircraft is an improved version of the A321LR. Modifications include the new permanent Rear Centre Tank (RCT) for more fuel volume, 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.

The newly optimised RCT holds more fuel than several optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) previously did. It also takes up less space in the cargo hold – thus freeing-up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long-range routes.

More Details: According to the statement made available by Airbus, the aircraft also has an extra long range of up to 4,700nm and uses 30% lower fuel burn per seat. The A321XLR’s new Airspace cabin will provide the best travel experience while offering seats in all classes with the same high-comfort as on long-haul widebody aircraft.

A major benefit of the newly launched aircraft is that airline operators will now be able to open new worldwide routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, as well as further enhancing non-stop direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas.

Airbus said the A321XLR has been designed to maximize overall commonality with the A321LR and the rest of the A320neo family of aircraft while introducing minimal changes needed to give the aircraft an Xtra Long Range with increased revenue payload.

The A320neo Family of aircraft is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft with over 6,500 orders from more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates new-generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices plus other improvements which together bring double-digit fuel savings over its predecessor, the A320ceo Family.

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