Airbus is expected to give its A321neo jet ever longer legs with a mid-2019 launch of an extended-range model dubbed the A321XLR.
The single-aisle jet would build on the ocean-hopping and continent-striding scope of the A321LR, with a range up to 8,300km (4,500nm).
JetBlue and Aer Lingus have already signed up to the A321LR for trans-Atlantic flights between the east coast of the USA and the United Kingdom, while Four Seasons tapped the A321LR as its next-generation luxury charter jet.
Speaking on the sidelines of the annual Airbus Innovation Days media briefing at Toulouse, France, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury tipped his hand with a coy reference to the current A321LR being the world’s longest-range single-aisle jet "for the moment."
Earlier this year Reuters reported that Airbus was pencilling in first orders for the A321XLR ahead of an expected launch at the Paris Air Show, held from June 17-24.
David Flynn travelled to Toulouse as a guest of Airbus.