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Airbus completes first test assembly of the A321XLR

Written by on December 7, 2021

In a landmark moment for an airliner that’s striking fear into the heart of Boeing executives, Aviation News reports that Airbus’ Hamburg facility has completed assembly on the first flight-ready A321XLR.  Largely regarded as a modern replacement for mid-haul medium capacity aircraft, the A321 XLR will carry a maximum of 244 passengers over a whopping 4,700 nm.

The A321 XLR has already gathered over 450 orders from over 20 airlines and is set to become the mid-haul leader in its class thanks to its ability to fly to smaller airports while maintaining a common cockpit certification (tbc) with its 32x series counterparts.  As the Aviation passenger industry continues its trend to a point-to-point routing model, the demand for new, efficient mid-haul airliners is increasing steadily in the wake of a global pandemic.

With the retirement of the 757 and little hope that a re-engine’d design will appear, its of little surprise that many airlines currently invested in Boeing airframes are keen to see how Everett shall respond with its next model codenamed the ‘NMA’ (new midsize plane).  Could there be an imminent Boeing announcement on the long-anticipated 797?  We may find out very soon.

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