Airbus till now claimed that the range of its upcoming long range narrowbody aircraft will be 4,700 nautical miles.
It seems that with some structural changes in the design of the aircraft, this range may get affected.
What is the problem?
Airbus Programme Head Philippe Mhun recently told FlightGlobal that the aircraft manufacturer has reached to an agreement with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on a basis for certification including design of the new fuel tank.
The root cause of the issue start at the Rear Centre Fuel tank. This tank is moulded into the contours of the fuselage, so that it can carry more fuel. This extra tanks enable the range of A321XLR to be 15% more than that of A321LR.
But there is a risk of fire and evacuation times in event of an accident. Hence, a modification is required.
The modification will require a special protective liner to be added to the fuel tank as well as other reinforcements.
With this new design, the aircraft weight will go up by some 700-800 kilograms compared to the earlier estimated 200-300 kilos. Due to this additional weight, the aircraft range may get restricted.
Airbus A321XLR range may get affected
A source told Reuters that the estimated range, which may be trimmed is around 200 nautical miles. Airbus currently claims the range of the Airbus A321XLR to be 4,700 NM.
An Airbus Spokesperson told Reuters that the Aerospace manufacturer does not expect any significant impact on the XLRs range advantage in the narrowbody market segment.
On the other hand, Airbus has pitched some customer potential deals for the larger Airbus A330neo to help them fill this range gap.
The single aisle long range jet is expected to open a new market segment across the world. Airbus has already received orders from American Airlines, United Airlines, IndiGo, Qantas, Indigo partners, Air Arabia, AirAsia X and many more. Future plans of some airlines are totally dependent on this aircraft.
IndiGo, which ordered this aircraft in 2019 Paris Air Show is planning long haul expansion with the Airbus A321XLR.
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Source : Reuters