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DUBAI: Air Arabia to explore long-range routes with A321LRs

Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia is to acquire six long-range Airbus A321LRs to modernise its single-aisle fleet.

The carrier exclusively operates A320-family jets but last year opted to take half a dozen A321neos from US lessor Air Lease.

Air Arabia has disclosed, during the Dubai air show, that it has reached a lease agreement with the same company for six A321LRs.

The jets – to be configured with 215 seats – will be delivered from 2019.

Air Arabia has yet to clarify whether the A321LR agreement adds to, or replaces, the previous deal for A321neos. It says the A321LRs will join a fleet of 50 A320s across the Sharjah-based carrier's five hubs.

No engine selection has been given but Air Arabia has previously stuck with CFM International powerplants.

Air Arabia group chief Adel Ali says the aircraft will enable the carrier to serve its higher-density more flexibly and "expand our service to longer-range destinations".

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