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FARNBOROUGH: Norwegian converts to long-range A321neo

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Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian is to take the long-range version of the Airbus A321neo, by converting 30 previously-ordered aircraft.

The airline committed to 100 A320neo jets in mid-2012.

But Airbus has disclosed, during the Farnborough air show, that Norwegian plans to take the A321LR version of the largest member of the re-engined single-aisle family.

The carrier will use the jets – which Airbus is marketing as a Boeing 757 replacement – for transatlantic services.

Norwegian will configure the aircraft with around 220 seats in a single-class layout.

Chief executive Bjorn Kjos describes the A321LR as a “short long-haul” aircraft, and says it “fits really well” with the airline’s expansion strategy.

“With this order we will have a significant cost advantage and increased competitiveness,” he adds.

Norwegian has opted to power some of its A320neos with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

Airbus intends the A321LR to be available from 2019. The aircraft will have a range of around 4,000nm.

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