Further developments of the A321, Part 5

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By Bjorn Fehrm

November 16, 2023, © Leeham News: We have done an article series about what can be the subsequent development for Airbus' most popular aircraft, the A321neo. We looked at different changes to the aircraft in previous articles. Now, we compare the capacity and economics of the different variants.

We use our Airliner Performance and Cost Model (APCM) to examine passenger capacity, range, and seat-mile costs.

  • The stretched A321s have improved operating economics.
  • The question is if the cost and time of the projects are motivated versus keeping the A321s “as is” and then make a clean sheet replacement.

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