MIAMI — Airbus has been showing airlines a plan for the A321neoLR, an aircraft being designed to replace the Boeing 757-200W, according to Seattle-based aviation consultancy Leeham Co. Leeham covers aerospace issues that focus on the big four airframe manufacturers and the engine manufacturers.

Leeham’s Scott Hamilton wrote in a blog post October 21 that the A321neoLR is a long-range, higher gross weight version of the A321neo that he reports will have 100nm more range than the Boeing 757-200W used on long range, trans-Atlantic routes. Kiran Rao, Airbus’s executive vice president of sales and marketing confirmed the new model to Hamilton.

“We will reveal in another report that will be behind our paywall an economic analysis and comparison of the A321neoLR to the Boeing 757-200W and the 737-9,” Hamilton told AirwaysNews.com “We’ll also look at why Boeing can’t do anything to bring the 737-9 to match the A321neoLR.”

Leeham’s follow-up will also look at things like seat miles and trip costs, using the seating layout of United Airlines’ Boeing 757 as the benchmark, said Hamilton. “They use more 757s across the Atlantic than anyone else. we have our own analysis on how many seat Airbus would lose versus the 737 and how many seats the 737-9 would lose versus the 757.”

Airbus has confirmed Leeham’s blog post, adding that the entry into service is 2019.  “We are actively discussing this A321neo development with customers,” said a spokeswoman. “The increased 97t maximum take-off weight and additional fuel capacity will give the A321neo a significant range increase overtaking the 757 currently operating on the trans-Atlantic.”

Key Points about the A321neoLR are:


  • True trans-Atlantic range, at 100nm more range than 757-200W;
  • Similar seat count to the 757, but with true long -range comfort featuring lie-flat beds in business class and 18 inches wide in economy comfort; and
  • 25 percent lower cost per seat and fuel burn versus the 757.