Above: The A321LR pictured outside of its hangar (Taken before first test flight)
Today Airbus flew their brand new A321LR (Long Range). Capable of flying 240 PAX up to 7000KM’s (4,350 Miles). Airbus believes it’s one of the most efficient, long range, single isle aircraft.
This opens up the ability to fly single aisle aircraft on Trans-Atlantic routes, as well as even Dubai to Beijing or Singapore to Sydney.
“The A321LR is a game changer” - Klaus Roewe (Head of the A320 program)
“It combines the super efficiency of a narrow isle segment with the capabilities of a wide body aircraft segment”. “We’re combining seat fuel burn with range capabilities and comfort”.
Airbus claims that the A321LR “is powered by CFM Leap-1A engines. Airbus said incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321LR offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15% per seat from day one and 20% by 2020”.
My Thoughts: I can see this being useful on short range routes with low cost carriers, offering more seats and reduction in seat-fuel burn pricing. I prefer to fly on more comfortable, larger aircraft on longer routes in excess of 5 hours. However, i can see what Airbus is aiming to do here and perhaps more carriers will use single isles on longer routes. - This will be interesting to see