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What Routes Could American Airlines Fly With The Airbus A321XLR

June 21, 2019 / Nicholas Cummins

The US aviation space is abuzz with the news that American Airlines has ordered 50 brand new Airbus A321XLRs at the Paris Air Show. But one question remains on the lips of most readers, where will American deploy these aircraft? Rival JetBlue has placed a similar order and let it slip that they will deploy their Airbus A321XLR aircraft from their New York and Boston hubs. If we were to apply the same logic to American, we could logically predict where this aircraft would be most useful. The Airbus A321XLR is best suited for long-range low-density routes. Routes that are currently served by expensive wide-body aircraft like Boeing 777-200s or 767. These might be routes between two destinations, or from a hub, that does not normally get a lot of traffic. For example, New York to Nice, France (Normally traffic would be routed through Paris first).