United Airlines has placed a firm order for 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft valued approximately $6.5 billion, as it begins to phase out older models including and launches an expansion of transatlantic routes from its key U.S. hubs in Newark/New York and Washington D.C.
United plans to take delivery of the first A321XLR in 2024 and expects to begin international service with the aircraft in 2025.
Airline says the A321XLRs will replace its retiring fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft.
Additionally, the airline will defer the delivery of its order of Airbus A350s until 2027 to better align with the carrier’s operational needs.
The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step in the A320neo/A321neo family of aircraft, meeting market requirements for increased range and payload in a single-aisle aircraft, and creating more value for the airlines by enabling economically viable service on longer routes than any comparable aircraft model. It will allow service from the U.S. East Coast to a much larger selection of European destinations.