Airbus CEO has recently hinted to a mid-2019 launch of its A321neo jet ever longer legs, an extended-range model dubbed the A321XLR. MEA (Middle East Airlines) have thrown a huge weight behind this aircraft in order to be its first operator, and the news was confirmed today.

The A321XLR was built to complement its best-selling A321neo family, and brings 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previous-generation competitor aircraft. This will allow the planes to fly further, which raises the question as to whether MEA is considering adding new routes in the near future.

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