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Jazeera Airways considers the "LR" and "XLR" variants of the A321neo for new long-haul routes

Kuwait, Kuwait - Kuwaiti airline operator Jazeera Airways is studying Airbus A321neo's LR (long-range) and XLR (extra-long-range) variants to add long-haul routes to its network.

With the acquisition of long-range A321neos, the carrier aims to fly to new destinations in Europe and Asia, including Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

The XLR would be a natural progression. When you go east, you get a much wider market. You can reach Thailand and Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l and many other destinations with a high density that we can serve best as a low-cost carrier,

Marwan Boodai told Bloomberg, the president of the Jazeera Airways.

We want the flexibility of a narrow-body and to be able to fill it, rather than the theoretical advantage of a wide-body. The A330’s seat-mile costs are attractive, but can airlines fill it with the consistency they need?

Boodai added.

Jazeera Airways currently has ten Airbus A320ceo and one A320neo its fleet, which are leased from the various aircraft leasing companies.

The airline expects a further seven A320neo that will be delivered by the end of 2020 and eight more by 2023. In addition to these planes, Jazeera Airways wants to acquire 25 A321neo jets with extended flight range.