19 June 2019
As the doors opened on day 3 of the Paris Air Show, Australian airline Qantas has converted its order for 26 A321neo’s to the recently announced A321XLR. The airline also topped up its previous order by 10, wit deliveries starting from 2024.
CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement:
“It can fly routes like Cairns-Tokyo or Melbourne-Singapore, which existing narrow-bodies can’t, and that changes the economics of lots of potential routes into Asia to make them not just physically possible but financially attractive,”
As the order was placed by the Qantas Group, it’s likely that the type will also be in service with its low cost sister, JetStar.
This order comes as ahead of Qantas airlines making a decision on which aircraft it will use to replace their current Boeing 737-800 fleet on their shorthaul network.
Since the A321XLR was announced on Monday, the airlines have ordered over 200 of the type, with it due to enter service with Middle Eastern Airlines in 2023.