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A321LR visits Sharjah Airport
On 28th March, the first A321 Long Range (A321LR), MSN 7877, visited Sharjah Airport. The stop was part of a flight test tour that started in Toulouse, came to Sharjah and then to the Seychelles before returning to Toulouse. The Seychelles to Toulouse leg was the longest flight ever flown by an A321 recording a flight time of 11 hours.
With a range of 4,000nm for a payload of 206 passengers, the A321LR is a game-changer aircraft that will enable airlines to connect Europe, Asia and Africa via the Middle East. With a typically 25% lower cost per seat than the previous generation aircraft, the A321LR is about to revolutionise air transport by allowing airlines to fly longer sectors at a much lower unit cost.
Besides, the A321LR offers 18" wide seats in economy, thus offering the best comfort to passengers on longer sectors. The A321LR is part of the A320 Family, which means that an A320 pilot can fly the A321LR after a self-taught two-hour session that can be done during reserve time.
The first A321LR will enter into service with Primera Air later this year.
In this region, Air Arabia will be the first operator of the A321LR, having committed to six aircraft on lease. This aircraft perfectly compliments Air Arabia's in-service fleet of A320 Family and allows the airline to develop its network with new far-reaching destinations.