Middle East Airlines (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm order with Airbus for four A321XLRs, the latest aircraft introduced by the French Aerospace Manufacturer on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show 2019.
As a result of the signing, the national carrier of Lebanon is slated to become the launch airline customer of Airbus’ latest aircraft.
Additionally, the deal brings MEA’s cumulative single-aisle orders with Airbus to 15 A321neo family aircraft, which includes 11 A321neos and four A321XLRs with deliveries starting in 2020. The carrier will reportedly deploy the A321XLRs across its Africa and Asia networks.
Building upon lessons learned from the A321LR, Airbus has responded to market demands for aeroplane boasting longer range and increased payload.
With the first deliveries set to be available from 2023, the A321XLR will feature a range of 4,700nm, as well as 30% lower fuel burn per seat as compared to last generation competitor aircraft.