Airbus A321

A321
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An American Airlines A321
Role Narrow-body jet airliner
National origin Multi-national[a]
Manufacturer Airbus
First flight 11 March 1993
Introduction 1994 with Lufthansa
Status In service
Primary users American Airlines
China Southern Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Produced 1992–present
Number built 1,850 as of January 2019[1]
Unit cost
US$114.9 million [2]
Developed from Airbus A320
Developed into Airbus A320neo family

The Airbus A321 is a member of the Airbus A320 family of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners.[b] The first derivative of the baseline A320, it has a stretched fuselage and entered service in 1994 with Lufthansa, around six years after the original A320. The aircraft shares a common type rating with all other Airbus A320 family variants, allowing existing A320 family pilots to fly the aircraft without the need for further training.

In December 2010, Airbus announced a new generation of the A320 family, the A320neo (new engine option).[3] The similarly lengthened fuselage A321neo variant offers new, more efficient, engines, combined with airframe improvements and the addition of winglets (called Sharklets by Airbus). The aircraft delivers fuel savings of up to 15%. The A321neo carries up to 236 passengers, with a maximum range of 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) for the long-range version when carrying no more than 206 passengers.[4]

Final assembly of the aircraft takes place in Hamburg, Germany, or Mobile, Alabama. As of 31 January 2019, a total of 1,850 Airbus A321 aircraft have been delivered, of which 1,827 are in service. In addition, another 2,241 airliners are on firm order (comprising 81 A321ceo and 2,160 A321neo). As of January 2019, American Airlines was the largest operator of the Airbus A321, operating 220 aircraft.[1]

Development

The A321 entered service in January 1994 with Lufthansa

The Airbus A321 was the first derivative of the A320, also known as the Stretched A320, A320-500 and A325.[5][6] Its launch came on 24 November 1988, around the same time as the A320 entered service, after commitments for 183 aircraft from 10 customers were secured.[5][7]

An Airbus A321 on final assembly line 3 in the Airbus plant at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport

The maiden flight of the Airbus A321 came on 11 March 1993, when the prototype, registration F-WWIA, flew with IAE V2500 engines; the second prototype, equipped with CFM56-5B turbofans, flew in May 1993. Lufthansa and Alitalia were the first to order the stretched Airbuses, with 20 and 40 aircraft requested, respectively. The first of Lufthansa's V2500-A5-powered A321s arrived on 27 January 1994, while Alitalia received its first CFM56-5B-powered aircraft on 22 March 1994.[8] The A321-100 entered service in January 1994 with Lufthansa.

Final assembly for the A321 was carried out in Germany (then West Germany), a first for any Airbus.[9] This came after a dispute between the French, who claimed that the move would incur $150 million (€135 million) in unnecessary expenditure associated with the new plant,[10] and the Germans, who claimed that it would be more productive for Airbus in the long run. The second production line was located in Hamburg, which later produced the smaller Airbus A319 and A318. For the first time, Airbus entered the bond market, through which it raised $480 million (€475 million) to finance development costs.[11] An additional $180 million (€175 million) was borrowed from European Investment Bank and private investors.[12]

The A321 is the largest variant of the A320 family.[13][4] The A321-200's length exceeds 44.5m, increasing maximum takeoff weight to 93,000 kg (205,000 lb).[14] Wingspan remained unchanged, supplementing various wingtip devices. Two suppliers provided turbofan engines for the A321: CFM International with its CFM56 and International Aero Engines with the V2500 engine, both in the thrust range of 133–147 kN (30,000–33,000 lbf).

Design

The A321 has double-slotted flaps

The Airbus A321 is a narrow-body (single-aisle) aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear and is powered by two wing pylon-mounted turbofan engines. It is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional tail unit having a single vertical stabilizer and rudder. Changes from the A320 include a fuselage stretch and some modifications to the wing. The fuselage was lengthened by a 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in) plug ahead of the wing and a 2.67 m (8 ft 9 in) plug behind it, so that the A321 is 6.94 metres (22 ft 9 in) longer than the A320.[4][13][14][15] The length increase required the overwing window exits of the A320 to be converted into door exits and repositioned in front of and behind the wings.[8] To maintain performance, double-slotted flaps and minor trailing edge modifications were included,[14] increasing the wing area from 124 m2 (1,330 sq ft) to 128 m2 (1,380 sq ft).[16] The centre fuselage and undercarriage were reinforced to accommodate the increase in maximum takeoff weight of 9,600 kg (21,200 lb), taking it to 83,000 kg (183,000 lb).[14]

Variants

Airbus A32X family

A321-100

The original derivative of the A321, the A321-100, featured a reduction in range compared to the A320 as extra fuel tankage was not added to the initial design to compensate for the extra weight. The maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of the A321-100 was increased to 83,000 kg (183,000 lb). The A321-100 entered service with Lufthansa in 1994. Only about 90 were produced.[17]

A321-200

Airbus launched the heavier and longer range A321-200 development in 1995 which has a full-passenger transcontinental US range. This is achieved through higher thrust engines (V2533-A5 or CFM56-5B3), minor structural strengthening, and an increase in fuel capacity with the installation of one or two optional 2,990 L (790 US gal) tanks in the rear underfloor hold.[18] The additional fuel tankage increases the total capacity of this model to 30,030 L (7,930 US gal). These modifications also increased the maximum takeoff weight of the A321-200 to 93,000 kg (205,000 lb). This variant first flew in December 1996, and entered service with Monarch Airlines in April 1997. Its direct competitors include the 757–200 and the 737-900/900ER.

A321neo

The A321neo has larger CFM LEAP or PW1000G turbofans

On 1 December 2010, Airbus launched the A320neo family (neo for New Engine Option) with 500 nmi (930 km) more range and 15% better fuel efficiency thanks to new CFM International LEAP-1A or Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines and large sharklets.[19] The lengthened A321neo prototype made its first flight on 9 February 2016.[20] It received its type certification on 15 December 2016.[21] The first entered service in May 2017 with Virgin America.[22]

First delivered to Arkia, the A321LR has a black windshield frame

In October 2014, Airbus started marketing a longer range 97 t (214,000 lb) maximum takeoff weight variant with three auxiliary fuel tanks with 100 nmi (190 km) more operational range than a Boeing 757-200.[23] Airbus launched the A321LR (Long Range) on 13 January 2015 with a Range of 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) with 206 seats in two classes.[24][25] On 31 January 2018, it completed its first flight.[26] Airbus announced its certification on 2 October 2018.[27] On 13 November 2018, Arkia received the first A321LR.[28]

In January 2018, Airbus was studying an A321LR variant with a further increased MTOW.[29] The proposed A321XLR with a range extended to 4,500 nmi (8,300 km) would be launched in 2019 to enter service in 2021 or 2022 to compete with the Boeing NMA.[30] In November, Airbus indicated that the A321XLR would have an MTOW over 100 t (220,000 lb) and 700 nmi (1,300 km) more range than the A321LR.[31]

Operators

As of 31 January 2019, 1,827 Airbus A321 aircraft were in service with more than 100 operators.[1]

American Airlines and China Southern Airlines operate the largest A321 fleets of 220 and 116 aircraft respectively.[1]

Orders and deliveries

Type Orders Deliveries
Total Backlog Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
A321 1,799 68 1,731 16 99 183 222 184 150 102 83 66 51 87 66
A321neo 2,318 2,152 166 44 102 20
Total 4,117 2,220 1,897 60 201 203 222 184 150 102 83 66 51 87 66
Type Deliveries
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994
A321 51 30 17 35 33 35 49 28 33 35 22 16 22 16
A321neo
Total 51 30 17 35 33 35 49 28 33 35 22 16 22 16

Data through end of April 2019[1][32]

Accidents and incidents

For the Airbus A321, 31 aviation accidents and incidents have occurred,[33] including four hull-loss accidents / criminal occurrences with a total of 377 fatalities as of October 2017.[34][35]

Specifications

The A320's overwing exits were replaced by doors in front of and behind the wings
Variant A321[4] A321neo[36]
Cockpit crew 2
2-class seats 185 (16F @ 36 in, 169Y @ 32 in)[37] 206: 16J @36 in + 190Y @30 in[38]
1-class max. 236 at 28 in (71 cm) pitch[39] 240 @ 28 in[40]
Cargo capacity 51.70 m3 (1,826 cu ft) / 10×LD3-45s[c]
Length 44.51 m (146.0 ft)
Wingspan 35.80 m (117 ft 5 in) [d]
Wing 122.4 m2 (1,318 sq ft) area, 25° sweep[41]
Height 11.76 m (38.6 ft)
Fuselage 3.95 by 4.14 m (13.0 by 13.6 ft) width × height, 3.70 m (12.1 ft) wide cabin
Max. takeoff weight 93.5 t (206,000 lb) 97 t (213,800 lb)
Max. payload 25.3 t (56,000 lb) 25.5 t (56,200 lb)[42]:3-2-1
Op. empty weight 48.5 t (107,000 lb)[37] 50.1 t (110,500 lb)
Fuel capacity 24,050–30,030 L (6,350–7,930 US gal) 23,700 - 32,940 l (6,261 - 8,700 US gal)[e]
Engines (×2) CFM56-5B, 68.3 in (1.73 m) fan
IAE V2500A5, 63.5 in (1.61 m) fan
CFM International LEAP-1A, 78 in (1.98 m) fan
Pratt & Whitney PW1100G, 81 in (2.06 m) fan
Max. Thrust (×2)[43] 133–147 kN (30,000–33,000 lbf) 147.3 kN (33,110 lbf)
Speed Cruise: Mach 0.78 (450 kn; 833 km/h)[44] Max.: Mach 0.82 (473 kn; 876 km/h)[43]
Ceiling 39,100–39,800 ft (11,900–12,100 m)[43]
Typical range 3,200 nmi (5,930 km)[f] 4,000 nmi (7,410 km)[g]

Engines

Aircraft model Certification date Engines[43]
A321-111 27 May 1995 CFM56-5B1 or 5B1/P or 5B1/2P
A321-112 15 February 1995 CFM56-5B2 or 5B2/P
A321-131 17 December 1993 IAE Model V2530-A5
A321-211 20 March 1997 CFM56-5B3 or 5B3/P or 5B3/2P
A321-212 31 August 2001 CFM56-5B1 or 5B1/P or 5B1/2P
A321-213 31 August 2001 CFM56-5B2 or 5B2/P
A321-231 20 March 1997 IAE Model V2533-A5
A321-232 31 August 2001 IAE Model V2530-A5

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Airbus A321 is built in Hamburg, Germany or Mobile, Alabama, United States
  2. ^ Airbus was originally a consortium of European aerospace companies named, Airbus Industrie, and is now fully owned by Airbus, originally named EADS. Airbus' name has been Airbus SAS since 2001.
  3. ^ no Additional Centre Tank
  4. ^ with sharklets
  5. ^ 0 - 3 Additional Centre Tank[42]
  6. ^ sharklets, typical Passengers and bags
  7. ^ with 206 passengers

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