Paris, France - Qantas joined forces who signed up for Airbus's new extra-long-range single-aisle jet. The Australian Group wants 36 A321XLR for its regional subsidiary Jetstar Airways.
Qantas aims to deploy the A321XLRs on the domestic routes and international routes on the South Pacific operated by the Group subsidiary Jetstar Airways and its international branches.
The order actually corresponds to ten additional aircraft for Airbus, because the carrier converted an existing order for 26 A320neo to the A321XLR.
The A321XLR is designed as the new long-range member of the A320neo family. The new jet is able to fly up to 4697 nautical miles thanks to its permanent central fuel tank and increased Maximum Take-off Weight (MTOW).
The A321XLR will be available for the commercial flight from 2023.
Since the announcement of the program on the first day of Paris Air Show, the European aircraft manufacturer accumulated orders from ALC, IAG, AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and MEA.
Major US airlines, American Airlines in particular, which want to replace their aging Boeing 757s are also expected to place orders for the aircraft.
Boeing currently has no alternative to offer in the same segment. The manufacturer plans to launch a new aircraft program for the Middle of Market (MoM) next year. If launched, the manufacturer targets the year 2025 for the first deliveries.
During an interview before the Paris Air Show, Boeing's chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said that the A321XLR would only "scratch an edge" on the market targeted by its New Midsize Airplane (NMA).