American Airlines is considering to order Airbus proposed A321XLR(Xtra Long Range) aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of 34 Boeing 757-200 jets, Sources close to the Airline told Bloomberg.
Airbus proposed A321XLR, with a redesigned fuel tank, would stay in the air longer than the present nine hours of the A321LR. The A321XLR adds another hour and a half to the A321LR’s capability with a range of over 4,000nmi
Airbus is expected to launch the XLR variant in the upcoming Paris airshow later this month, and expected to enter service in 2023-2024.
A321XLR received expression of interest from many airlines including British Airways owner IAG, JetBlue Airways and India’s IndiGo.
“American shocked Boeing in 2011 when word leaked at the Paris Air Show that the airline was in talks for a major A320-family order, its first purchase from Airbus since 1987. That helped sway Boeing to drop plans for an all-new single-aisle aircraft and instead build a simpler upgrade with new engines, which became the 737 Max.” writes Bloomberg.
American is the World’s largest Airline, currently operates a fleet of 963 aircraft, including 222 Airbus A321 jets.