It’s the first major American carrier to purchase the European planes since their debut Monday. American Airlines President Robert Isom says the XLR will initially cost the airline more than the A321neo. “My feeling is this aircraft certainly gives us much greater utility in the long run and at the end of the day will be worth quite bit more to us,” he added. The XLR is expected to open more routes between the U.S. and smaller, secondary cities in Europe.
Denver based Frontier Airlines will also be flying the XLR shortly after deliveries begin in 2023. Frontier’s parent company Indigo Partners placed an order for 50 XLR planes, with initial plans to put 18 of them into Frontier’s fleet. The new aircraft is a variant of the A321neo and is the “longest-range single-aisle commercial jetliner ever” according to Airbus. The plane is capable of flying routes up to 4,700nm with impressive fuel efficiency. With the acquisition of the A321XLR Frontier will have the ability to take on transatlantic routes to the U.K. and Western continental Europe.