Qatar Airways order from Airbus will include A321LR
In an interview to Aerotelegraph, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that some of the 50 A321neos the airline has ordered from Airbus will be of the new LR variant.
Back in 2011, Qatar Airways placed an order of 50 A320neos. On December 8, 2017, the contract was renegotiated, and upgraded to 50 A321neos. But Qatar’s enthusiasm for the A320neo family does not seem to fade, as the order will include some A321neos in “Long Range” configuration. The exact number is unknown but should be between 10 and 15 according to Al Baker.
The A321LR, which performed its maiden flight on January 3, 2018, is equipped with three fuel tanks (one more than the A320neo) and two General Electric-Safran LEAP engines. The deliveries of this new model should start in late 2018. More than a hundred of these planes are already sold.