Airbus has officially launched an increased range A321neo with a maximum take-off weight of 97 tonnes having secured a commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The US lessor signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 30 more A321neos, upsizing a commitment made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show from 60 to 90 aircraft and agreeing to become the launch customer for the A321neo 97t.
The new model will have a range of 7,413km – the longest of any single-aisle aircraft. Airbus has positioned the aircraft to take a strong market share on transatlantic routes, allowing airlines to tap into new long-haul markets.
“The longer haul single-aisle market is a lucrative one that the A321neo will now dominate,” argued John Leahy, Airbus's chief operating officer, customers.
“This new version of the A321neo is a high revenue generating aircraft which will open up many new opportunities for our customers.”
“ALC wants a footprint in every promising market segment, including ones that can be opened by this new version of the A321neo,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, ALC's chairman and CEO.