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Airbus A321LR Completes First Transatlantic FlightOn Tuesday, the newest product of the Airbus A320 family, the A321LR, completed the first transatlantic flight, from Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, to New York’s JFK. The trip was made by a test aircraft, with registration D-AVZO, in 8-hours and 44-minutes. (airlinegeeks.com) More...
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8 hours 44 minutes from Paris the New York seems slow. Strong head winds perhaps
Winds on the NATs have been strong recently. It might have needed a slower Mach for range. Paris to JFK is just under 3200nm. The wiki for the 321LR says it’s range is 3200nm with a typical payload.
They really did stretch it a bit. I didn't bread the article yet, but I wonder how much ballast they used if they tried to test for a full flight. Back in the day, the 321's were more for packing people in and not for range. I like how Airbus is doing this as there is a market out here for this segment. It's all up to the customers, i.e. airlines to use their equipment to see fit. The end user who could care less is the passenger, they just want to get from point A to point B.
On a side note, pax don't like mixing and mingling with cargo on USAF C130's and 141's.
Haha! I know what you mean. Having been stranded on Ascension Island once for a week and then rescued by an RAF L-1011, all we got is sandwiches and maybe some hot coffee stacked next to pallets and LD-3s.............lol.
Don't agree. The airlines best customers are definitely aware of the equipment. That's why a two aisle future solution, or cheap 767 today, with price stability and oil seemingly well-established, is on the table.
Boeing had a response, called the 757. Boeing pulled the plug on the 757 when a new engine was just around the corner.