Can an Airbus A321XLR kill NMA’s business case? Part 2

By Bjorn Fehrm

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August 23, 2018, © Leeham News.: Last week we examined the areas which limit the capabilities of the Airbus A321LR from addressing a larger part of what is called the Middle of the Market or the NMA segment.

We now discuss the changes Airbus can do which would make an A321XLR cover more of an NMA space.


  • The A321LR needs more fuel tankage to fly longer.
  • Installing Additional Center Tanks, (ACTs) takes away critical luggage space and increases the aircraft's empty weight.
  • We explore other ways around the problem and what these bring.

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