Airbus A321LR routes

By aniljak | Feb 02, 2018, 07:43 AM
What routes and what operator would you like to see using the new A321LR?
Personally i would like to see someone flying to Singapore and New Zealand from Canberra, Hobart, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, and Alice Springs.
This is the ideal aircraft for flights from smaller Australian cities!
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By GBRGB | Feb 02, 2018, 08:31 AM
Townsville to Singapore, yes I am dreaming but in Townsville when it comes to flying dreams are all we have left.
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By aniljak | Feb 02, 2018, 08:45 AM
Sorry GBRGB, accidentally left Townsville and Darwin off my list!
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By Covvers | Feb 02, 2018, 09:04 AM
In the case of each of the cities you mentioned and any possible NZ pairings, you’d be aware that current generation narrow bodies already have the range to service NZ. Indeed, most flights to NZ from the east coast are on the 738 and have been for years.

The A321LR, whilst being exciting in some respects, isn’t going to make the routes you suggest suddenly viable given they’re already capable of being operated with the narrow bodies in service. I daresay pax loads have more to do with it.
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By elchriss0 | Feb 02, 2018, 12:17 PM
The A321LR will easily be seen wherever you find 757s across the Atlantic and around the Americas. Maybe also some longer intra asia routes with LCCs but unlikely to see any around Australia. AirNZ would've been a good fit for some of their pacific island routes but they've already committed to the standard A321.
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By aniljak | Feb 02, 2018, 02:01 PM
Can Air NZ and Jetstar change their current A320 and A321 orders to A321LRs?
A321LR could be a good choice for airlines like Fiji Airways, Samoa Airways Air Vanuatu, Air Caledonie and Air Nauru who need Longer ranged narrow bodies for routes to Asia from their home bases.
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By patrickk | Feb 02, 2018, 05:14 PM
Singapore Canberra on a A321LR may be possible at a stretch, but certainly not with a current 737.
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By krisdude | Feb 03, 2018, 10:00 AM
The A321LR is more suited between Asia and Australia and Australia and South Pacific Islands, Australia trans continental west-east services. Since Qantas and Virgin Australia are Boeing orientated, most likely Jetstar would use the A321LR. Despite Air NZ ordering 4 A321neo's, at this stage there is no plans to use A321LR for their short haul international services. A321LR is Airbus move to B757 market, that Boeing has left when they stopped production of the B757. The A321LR will be used by carriers in the Northern Hemisphere especially of the trans Atlantic routes, Europe/Africa routes, Pan American routes, Asian and trans continental east-west routes in North America. LLC are keen in using the A321LR's to their services to medium haul international services.
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By aussie-flyer | Feb 06, 2018, 11:53 AM
Time to indulge some salacious gossip. It was tweeted today by Alex Macheras as well know aviation journalist and retweeted by Leeham news:

"New: @Qantas Group are considering switching #A320neo orders for subsidiary Jetstar, for the larger #A321neo or #A32LR — which QF say could take over 787 routes (such as Sydney-Bali) given the A321neo/LR capabilities."



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By JoeA350 | Feb 10, 2018, 03:29 PM
Qantas should replace the ageing 737ng with the A320neo line up for both domestic and thin international routes. The A321LR is a true game changer that could open up new International destinations for QF.
The A330neo is the best fit to replace the older A330 classics in Qantas’ fleet. The Neo has wider seats and will slot in with minimal capital cost. The 787 hype is just that, hype.

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By aussie-flyer | Feb 22, 2018, 01:24 PM
It has been confirmed in the midyear results by QANTAS that Jetstar is taking 18 A321 NEO LR from calendar 2020 to be used on existing Melbourne and Sydney routes to Bali to free up the 787's for other opportunities.
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