United Airlines has ordered 50 A321XLR for delivery from 2024 when the new variant becomes fully available.
The A321XLR will be used to replace the airlines 757 fleet, used on some of its most important domestic transcontinental routes.
The airline also uses the 757-200 on international routes to Europe on “long thin” routes. Cities such as Edinburgh, and from smaller US cities to major destinations like London. The extra range of the A321XLR will give United all the flexibility, passenger numbers and economy to take it forward into the 2030’s and 40’s.
The only dark side to the deal is the endless row over tariffs and subsidies which seems to be getting worse, as the Trump administration is obsessed with making its own people and businesses pay more for foreign produced goods.
United said it was waiting for the 797-X but as it’s not been forthcoming it could no longer wait.