Overall, the Middle East and Africa air transport markets will continue their strong growth, with Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast – covering the 2019 to 2038 timeframe – anticipating the need for 1,630 and 960 jetliners, respectively, in the “small” category (which includes A320 and A220-type aircraft).
“The A321LR and A321XLR are perfectly tailored for the requirements of many operators in this part of the world,” explained Andrew Armitstead, Airbus’ Head of Airline Marketing for Africa and the Middle East.
For small and regional carriers with single-aisle fleets, these two aircraft types give them access to longer-range markets, while the region’s very dynamic low-cost carriers can significantly “stretch their legs” with A321LR and A321XLR, he stated.
With the larger flag carriers and full-service airlines, Armitstead said the A321LR and A321XLR can fulfill multiple purposes, including providing access to routes that might not initially sustain widebody jetliners, opening and building up routes sooner than would be feasible with widebodies, and filling in frequencies on a seasonal basis.
The A321LR and A321XLR are perfectly tailored for the requirements of many operators in this part of the world
- Andrew Armitstead, Head of Airline Marketing for Africa and the Middle East, Airbus
To date, Airbus has logged more than 500 orders and commitments for the A321LR and A321 LXR, according to Franck Navallon, the Single-Aisle Family Product Marketing Director at Airbus.
Noting that the 15,000-order milestone has been surpassed for the A320 Family overall, Navallon said the twin-engine aircraft has earned its position as one of the most successful and versatile airliners ever, providing optimum efficiency and versatility for operators on everything from short- to long-haul applications, and the best comfort for passengers with the widest cabin in its class.
“The Airbus strategy of continuous improvement for our jetliner families is a cornerstone of how we do things, and this approach is clearly validated by the customers,” Navallon added. “Each time we develop and evolve the A320 Family – which includes the New Engine Option (NEO) versions, the A321LR and A321XLR development, the introduction of our A321neo new door configuration for flexible seating configurations, and applying the Airspace interior from the A350 XWB and A330neo wide-body jetliners – the market responds by ordering more aircraft.”