19 JANUARY 2015
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Long seen as a possible successor to the ubiquitous Boeing 757 for thin long haul routes, Airbus has launched the A321neo with true transatlantic capability.
Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The Los Angeles-based lessor signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 30 more A321neo, upsizing its commitments at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow from 60 to 90 and becoming the launch customer for manufacturer's increased range option.
The A321neo 97t will have, with 4,000nm, the longest range of any single aisle airliner available today making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and will allow airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. Up to 204 passengers can be carried.
The latest member of the best-selling A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets which together will deliver 20% in fuel savings by 2020. At the end of December 2014, firm orders for the neo reached over 3,600 aircraft from 70 customers. www.airbus.com
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