Airbus delivers the very first A321LR to Arkia Airlines

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b>Hamburg - Airbus delivered the first long-range variant of Airbus A321neo (A321LR) to launch customer Arkia Airlines at the Hamburg plant on November 13th.

Arkia's new A321LR registered as 4X-AGH has 220 seats in a single-class configuration, each with a 31-inch pitch. Israeli airline operator has ordered a total of three Airbus A321neo, and they all will be deployed on flights to touristic destinations in Europe, East Africa, and India.

According to Airbus, the Long Range variant of the A321neo is the ideal successor for the Boeing 757-200. Compared to the normal A321neo, the A321LR has a higher maximum take-off weight of 97 tons and more fuel capacity enabling the device to fly up to 7400 kilometers (3996 nautical miles).

Its flight range makes the new LR suitable for long-haul flights between Europe and the American east coast. For this reason, among others, Aer Lingus, Air Transat and Norwegian have placed large orders for the new variant.

Airbus also studies a new A321neo version with more range than the A321LR, which is currently dubbed the A321XLR by the industry experts.

The Danish low-cost was meant to be the launch customer for the Airbus's re-engineered A321neo, but that airline went bankrupt recently.