Wednesday, December 4, 2019
United orders 50 A321XLRs
United Airlines has placed a firm order for 50 Airbus A321XLR jetliners as it begins to phase out older models and launches an expansion of transatlantic routes from its key U.S. hubs in Newark/New York and Washington D.C. United plans to take delivery of the first A321XLR in 2024 and expects to begin international service with the aircraft in 2025. The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step in the A320neo/A321neo series of aircraft that meets market demand for an increased range and payload in a single-aisle aircraft. It will allow service from the U.S. East Coast to a much larger selection of European destinations. At the end of October 2019, the A320neo series had accumulated more than 7,000 firm orders from over 110 customers worldwide. (Source: Airbus, 12/04/19) Many of the A321XLRs ordered by United Airlines will likely be built in Mobile, Ala.