Airbus started the first week of May with a bang: following the confirmation of the agreement with Qantas for the 12 A350-1000s of the Sunrise project and the extension of the A321XLR order for the Australian operator, the first fuselage narrow of the company came out of the paint shop.
The A321XLR, for eXtra Long Range, is expected to debut in the second quarter of this year, completing its certification process and aiming to enter service in 2023.
The company posted a video of the plane’s painting process on its social media:
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Its autonomy of 8,700 km makes it possible to connect, for example, Miami – Buenos Aires; New York-Rome; London – New Delhi or São Paulo – Lisbon.
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The model will be present with a variety of customers seeking to expand the transatlantic point-to-point market: American Airlines and United Airlines, Aer Lingus, JetBlue, Iberia or more recently Air Canada.
Middle East Airlines, Flynas, Saudia, Air Arabia aim to expand their presence in Southeast Asia and Africa. India-based IndiGo plans to land in Europe with the model.
VietJet Air, Air Asia X and Cebu Pacific will allow them to land in Australia or expand secondary markets in India or the Middle East.
JetSMART and SKY Airline will be the launch customers in Latin America and the Caribbean, planning to land in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean from Argentina, Chile and Peru.
Frontier Airlines is the only US carrier planning to use the A321XLR in southern Latin American markets.
Wizz Air will be the largest European operator of the A321XLR to date, but where the carrier will use it is a mystery.