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JetBlue, an American low-cost airline headquartered in New York City, revealed considering the extended range Airbus A321XLR aircraft to fly to Europe, Reuters reports.
Currently the airline has 60 Airbus A220-300 and 85 Airbus A321neo aircraft. According to the airline’s CEO, Robin Hayes, JetBlue intends to convert 13 of A321neo into longer-range aircraft A321LR, as it plans to launch daily flights from New York and Boston to London in 2021.
However, in case the carrier decides to fly to mainland Europe, it will need aircraft that is capable of flying even longer range than A321LR. For this reason, jetBlue began considering another variant which is A321XLR.
Speaking at the IATA AGM in Seoul, Airbus CCO Christian Scherer said that 2023-2024 are the earliest we can expect the new version of the A321 aircraft to be ready.
Depending on Airbus Orders & Deliveries data, currently the American low-cost has 130 A320ceo and 63 A321ceo aircraft.