Australian airline Qantas Airways has placed an order for 36 Airbus A321XLRs. The order will sees the airline convert 26 aircraft from their existing order for 99 A320neos to the longest range version.
Qantas has also placed an order for an additional 10 A321XLR bring up their total A320 family order to 109 aircraft.
Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas
“It can fly routes like Cairns-Tokyo or Melbourne-Singapore, which existing narrow-bodies can’t do, and that changes the economics of lots of potential routes into Asia to make them not just physically possible but financially attractive.”
The deliveries of the XLR will begin in 2024. Qantas’ budget carrier, JetStar will start taking delivery of the A321LR from 2022.
While the distribution of the new XLR aircraft has not been announced, Joyce suggested that some of the aircraft will join the Qantas mainline fleet.