Airbus A321XLR Embarks on a 10-Day World Tour

Airbus has announced that one of its A321XLR test airframes will embark on a 10-day world tour starting September 13, 2023. This marks a significant milestone in the certification process of the A321XLR, with the aircraft's entry into service currently slated for Q2 2024.

The Journey Begins

The world tour will cover approximately 100 flight hours over 10 days. The aircraft will fly between several different cities across the globe, simulating airline operations and covering both short and long-haul missions.


Purpose of the Tour

The tour serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it is part of the final stages towards completing the certification process. Secondly, it aims to demonstrate the capabilities of the A321XLR and pitch it as an alternative to larger and more expensive wide-body aircraft for long routes. By proposing this new version of the A321, Airbus hopes to lower the financial risk for airlines when entering new, unproven markets.

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Tracking the Tour

Airbus enthusiasts and industry watchers will be able to follow the A321XLR’s progress along its route via FlightRadar24. The European manufacturer is also expected to provide regular updates through a dedicated website.

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Looking Ahead

The world tour is an exciting development in the journey of the A321XLR. It showcases the aircraft's capabilities and brings us one step closer to its entry into service. As we follow along with this global journey, we look forward to seeing how this aircraft will reshape long-haul travel in the years to come.

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