Airbus Faces Cabin Comfort Dilemma On Its New A321XLR Jet
Airbus (OTCMKTS: EADSF) has broken the record by laughing the longest-range-narrow-body jetliner at the Paris Airshow which started on June 17, 2019 and goes through June 23, 2019. Narrow body jets are planes with one aisle down the middle splitting seating to each side of the plane and are most often found on short to medium range routes, such as domestic flights in the US, intraeuropean destinations and other short to medium range flights. However, as technology improves and fuel efficiency gets better and better, these narrow-body jets are now able to fly further and further, which spells trouble for passengers who are already crammed in tight quarters. The new A321XLR (extra longe range) has a range of 4,700 nautical miles, placing it in the category most often enjoyed by much larger wide-body jets. This begs the question of whether or not passengers will enjoy flying longer distances in these medium-haul planes, or better yet, at what price. The smaller, single aisle narrow body aircraft are more efficient than their larger, twin aisle cousins. At the right price, passengers may forgo creature-comforts that are sometimes found on wide-body jets and select a seat on these newer, single aisle aircraft.