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Airbus 321XLR certification on the way!

Fort Lauderdale, FL. / Aviation News /July 2, 2023 / AvionicSea Corporation.

The first A321XLR successfully accomplished its very first flight last year. The aircraft is now starting its flight testing to get certification in 2023 and entry into service in 2024. Airlines will be able to offer long-haul comfort on a single aisle aircraft and will have 180 to 220 seats.

The A321XLR single-aisle aircraft range up to 4,700nm, with 30% lower fuel consumption per seat compared to previous-generation aircraft, as well as reduced NOx emissions and noise and uses CFM LEAP 1A-engines.

Author / Photographer / Director: Alexandre Doumenjou

The Xtra Long Range capability of the A321XLR flying for 11 hours, airlines can connect New York to Rome or Sydney to Kuala Lumpur NON-STOP. A higher Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) 101T, with additional fuel capacity (16,000I) offers the capability to fly up to 4,700nm and 45% lower trip cost and 30% lower less fuel burn per seat (180 to 220).

The A321XLR will be a game-changer for airlines, will allow them to fly routes that weren’t previously viable, with the extended range from the A321 NEO (3,500NM) to the A321LR (4,000NM) to a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles.

Fire Safety concerns delayed the aircraft to 2024, and the reason is that A321XLR has an extra fuel tank in the rear of the fuselage. The rear center tank or RCT, is a crucial element of the Airbus A321XLR, giving additional fuel capacity for the long-range narrowbody aircraft. But concerns are about the fire protection, the effects of the cold fuel on cabin comfort, and its robustness to withstand hard landings.

Airbus has been working with EASA on the specifics of the tank and are fully aware of all the details of the design, including ‘normal gap’ between the upper side of the RCT and the floor and to other systems as well as insulation and fire protection.

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