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 Airbus’ increased range option.
Record Range Allows Transatlantic Flights
With 4,000 nautical miles, the A321neo 97t will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner available today and tomorrow, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes. It will thus enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets that were previously not accessible with current single aisle aircraft. The A321 97t variant is building on the continued innovations brought to the A320 Family with Airbus Cabin-Flex (ACF). Thanks to an additional fuel tank in the forward underfloor hold of the aircraft, as well as minor improvements on the wing and fuselage, the A321neo 97t will be able to fly 206 passengers in a two-class layout. First deliveries are scheduled for 2019.
Hamburg – The Home Of The Best-Selling Family
The Airbus A320 family is at home in Hamburg, where the 6,000 A320 aircraft has been delivered in March 2014. Home to Germany’s biggest Airbus plant, 22 A320 aircraft leave the assembly line in Finkenwerder each month. By 2016, the production rate will be increased to 24 aircraft per month. The A320 family includes four single-aisle aircraft – from the small A318 with 100 seats to its biggest type A321 with a capacity of 185 passengers. The newest member of the best-selling A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and sharklets on the wing tips. Together, both will allow fuel savings of up to 20 per cent by 2020. At the end of December 2014, firm orders for the NEO totalled more than 3,600 aircraft from 70 customers.
Airbus: More Orders Than Boeing In 2014
In 2014, Airbus exceeded its targets, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers, of which eight are new. Orders comprised 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s, and also the first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 – and also order volumes of its fierce competitor Boeing
. Airbus also achieved 1,456 net orders from 67 customers (of which 14 are new) – the second best year ever, comprising 1,321 single aisle and 135 wide-body aircraft. As a result, by year end, the backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US$ 919.3 billion at list prices.
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