Iberia and Aer Lingus to fly A321XLRs

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IAG backs the A321XLR with an order for 14 aircraft.

After the shocking news that it will introduce 737 MAX into its fleet, IAG announced today that has selected the A321XLR with a firm order for 14 aircraft. Of these, eight are destined for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2023.

IAG, the parent company of leading airlines also including British Airways, Level and Vueling, is one of Airbus’s largest customers and this agreement will take the overall order from the group to 530 aircraft. IAG airlines combined operate one of the world’s largest Airbus fleets with over 400 aircraft.

The aircraft will enable Aer Lingus to launch new routes beyond the US East Coast and Canada. For Iberia, this is a new aircraft type that will enable it to operate new transatlantic destinations and increase frequencies in key markets.

The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from the A321LR which responds to market needs for even more range and payload, creating more value for the airlines. From 2023, it will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm – 15% more than the A321LR and with 30% lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation competitor aircraft.

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