Qatar Airways converts 10 of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order to A321LR
Feb 4, 2019: Qatar Airways has recently confirmed that it has agreed with Airbus to convert 10 of its 50 A321neo on order to the longer range A321LR, the first of which will be delivered in 2020.
The Airbus A321LR (long range) variant of the A320 family has extra fuel tanks as well as a higher maximum take-off weight to give the aircraft additional range.
The Doha-based airline will use the A321LR to connect Doha to new growing markets where today demand is not sufficient for wide body aircraft or where current narrow bodies (A320/A321) are unable to reach.
Also, the new aircraft will be adopted to provide additional frequencies on existing Qatar Airways routes, giving our loyal passengers more choice and flexibility when they travel.
The A321LR is able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm (7,400 km). With its longest range of any single aisle airliner, the A321LR provides additional operational flexibility. Therefore, it is ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enabling airlines to provide services to new long-haul markets which were not previously accessible to single aisle aircraft.
The aircraft can transport up to 206 passengers in a typical two-class layout, or up to 244 passengers in a single-class configuration on domestic flights.
The standard A320neo has a maximum take-off weight of 93.5 tonnes, whereas the A321LR has an improved maximum take-off weight of 97 tonnes. It also provides the option of adding a third fuel tank in the cargo compartment.