Qantas to open new routes with an A321XLR order

Airbus A321XLR Qantas Image by Airbus

The Qantas Group has secured up to 36 Airbus A321XLR aircraft in an update of its existing order.

The update will see 26 of the Group’s existing A321neo orders converted to A321XLRs and add a further 10 XLRs – taking the total order from 99 aircraft to 109.

The fuel efficient, longer-range XLR will improve fleet flexibility and network options for potential use by different airlines in the Qantas Group. Its ability to fly longer distances means it can be used to open up new destinations or replace wide-body aircraft on existing routes, like Cairns-Tokyo or Melbourne-Singapore, which existing narrow-bodies can’t fly.

As announced in early 2018, the first deliveries from the Group’s A320 Family order will begin with 18 A321LR aircraft for Jetstar, arriving between mid-2020 and mid-2022. These will operate a mix of domestic and international routes. The first A321XLR would be available to the Group from the 2024 financial year onwards.