Middle of the market

Hundreds of Airbus A321XLRs have been sold for the so-called ‘middle of the market’. With airlines decisively backing the European aircraft, Mark Broadbent questions where this leaves Boeing’s plans for an all-new alternative.

United Airlines placed a firm order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs on December 4, leading many to doubt the future viability of Boeing’s proposed New Midsize Airplane (NMA).

United Airlines’ firm order late in 2019 for 50 Airbus A321XLRs capped an impressive few months for the new ultra-long-range version of the A321neo, which according to the company has now received more than 450 orders since its launch at the Paris Air Show last June.

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