Airbus' A321LR goes the distance to open new horizons for airlines

The best-selling A320 Family marked a new milestone with yesterday´s Paris-to-New York nonstop flight flown by the A321LR — demonstrating this jetliner version´s ability to serve new markets and operate on heavily travelled North Atlantic routes with the highest levels of efficiency and comfort, the company said.

The LR designation is for ´long range´ and with good reason: the A321LR has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft today, able to fly 7,400 kilometres nonstop.

Its ´long legs´ are signified by the No. 1 A321LR´s livery featuring the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty — a representation of the Paris/New York route flown yesterday from Le Bourget Airport near the French capital to the New York region´s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The aircraft also is well suited for intra-regional airline segments in Asia, the United States and other markets.

The A321LR performed its maiden flight on 31 January of this year. Yesterday´s transcontinental flight, with the aircraft powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A engines, is part of nearly 100 hours of flight tests in advance of the jetliner´s airworthiness certification, expected in the second quarter of 2018.