Toulouse - The European EASA and the American FAA have issued a type certificate for the long-range version of the Airbus A321neo, including ETOPS authorization allowing the aircraft to fly on overseas long-haul routes.
The A321LR is an A321neo, which can be equipped with up to three additional central fuel tanks (ACT). With 206 passengers on board, the twin-engine aircraft can fly a non-stop route up to 4000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometers).
The ETOPS authorization allows the A321LR to fly on all transatlantic routes. It is a new milestone in the history of the Airbus' A321 which made its first flight 25 years ago.
The so-called Airbus Cabin Flex (ACF) option has been certified as well. This concerns an adaptation to the hull structure, whereby the entrance doors and emergency exits can be arranged according to the customer's wishes.
Airbus emphasizes that the extra maximum take-off weight (97t) is only possible with A321neos with the ACF option, as well as the possibility to install up to three additional ACTs.
The ACF configuration will be standard on all A321neos from 2020. The higher MTOW and the installation of the additional central tanks remain optional.
The A321LR has so far received orders from Norwegian, Irish Aer Lingus, Japanese Peach, Australian Jetstar, and Canadian Air Transat, while Malaysian AirAsia X considers ordering the device. Danish Primera Air, which filed for bankruptcy today (October 2nd), also had plans to add A321LRs to the fleet via leasing companies.