by Leyton France
Have you ever dreamt about going to the US for less than €100? Thanks to the new aeroplane from Airbus, it may be possible in only a few months!
A new plane that could transform long-haul travel as we know it has just completed its first flight. The Airbus A321 “Long Range” took off for the first time in the early days of 2018. It will be the first single-aisle aircraft capable of carrying around 200 passengers on flights up to 4,000 nautical miles.
Research and development has helped Airbus to design an aircraft with an increased “Maximum Take-off Weight” of 97 tons which provides the opportunity to add a removable third tank.
This new possibility of long-haul flights using short-haul aeroplanes represents a commercial revolution which could boost the economy of low-cost airline companies. So far, these companies were not able to capture market shares because of the expensive price of exploitation. However, the launch of this new aircraft is a real game changer.
With a 30% lower operational cost per passenger, low-cost airlines will be able to enter into the long-haul flight market. Besides an incredible price drop, this innovation will offer a new network between European ‘secondary towns’ and main east coast cities in the USA and vice versa.
Indeed, typically, it does not make a lot of sense to arrange a Bordeaux to New York flight with an aircraft of 400 hundred seats, which would result in a half empty cabin. But in a few months, with the new possibility to operate this kind of route with only 200 seats, a completely new market will open and may change several airline strategies.
All in all, almost one hundred A321 Neo LR have already been ordered and are expected to be delivered at the end of 2018.