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United Airlines just announced it plans to buy 50 new Airbus A321XLR Ultra Long Range aircraft, the deal is estimated to be at $6 Billion dollars. The new long-range Airbus jets will be use to replace the aging Boeing 757-200 fleet.
The A321XLR listed cruising speed is 524 MPH for more than 9 hours. Combined with greater fuel storage, gives the A321XLR a listed range of 4700 nautical miles. This brings United Airlines closer to goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50% by 2050.
The A321XLR can carry up to 244 passengers in a single class layout, however United plans about 170 business class lie-flat seats an Airbus sources said. Other features includes LED lighting and WI-FI connectivity.
United will begin receiving the A321XLR in 2024 and will be in service for transatlantic routes from its East Coast hubs. It’s also possible that United may use the A321XL from Chicago O’Hare to Paris airport, this route is is well within the range of A321XLR capacity.
“We are delighted to be re-United with our friends in Chicago and thank them for their trust,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “The selection of the A321XLR by the leadership of United Airlines is a ringing endorsement of the range, payload, and fuel efficiency that Airbus incorporated into this state-of-the-art aircraft.”
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