American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, will acquire 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft, the new longer-range version of Airbus’ hugely successful A321neo. The purchase agreement includes the conversion of 30 of American’s existing A321neo slots to A321XLRs and incremental orders for an additional 20 A321XLRs.
The A321XLR will have the longest range of any single-aisle commercial jetliner. The added range of up to 4,700 nm will allow airlines to operate the aircraft from U.S. East Coast airports to medium-size European cities.
As a further enhancement of the A321neo and A321LR, the A321XLR will have a maximum takeoff weight of 101 metric tonnes without sacrificing performance. The A321XLR is powered by the same engines, and has more than 90 percent commonality with the A321neo.
American, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the largest Airbus operator in the world with 422 Airbus aircraft. Including today’s announcement, American has outstanding orders for 115 A321neos and A321XLRs from Airbus.
Note: The new Airbus A321s will replace AA’s remaining Boeing 757-200s.
From American Airlines:
On a recent episode of Tell Me Why — American’s vodcast series for team members that shares the “why” behind the decisions we make — President Robert Isom explains the why behind our decision to order 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The A321XLR is a new narrowbody aircraft that can fly more than 4,700 nautical miles, which will help us grow our East Coast hubs to new destinations in Europe and South America.