Airbus set to unveil new plane at Paris Air Show.
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European planemaker Airbus is set to unveil the latest addition to its fleet of long-range A320 planes at the Paris Air Show which starts today.
The A321XLR is the company’s latest model which Airbus hopes will further cement the lead it has over rival Boeing in the sale of narrow-bodied planes.
The plane can carry up to 220 passengers and has a range of over 4500 nautical miles, which puts it in competition with the wider-bodied aircraft which have traditionally been used for long haul flights by airlines across the world.
The launch of the new plane comes at a time when Boeing is still trying to limit the damage to its reputation caused by the crash of two of its latest model 737 max series of planes which claimed more than 350 lives. As investigations into the cause of the crashes continue, that particular model of the plane remains grounded worldwide.
Airbus is also keen to get airlines to place orders for its new plane as it comes just months after the company announced it was halting production on its flagship A380 superjumbo.
Boeing is known to be working on a new model of plane, known as the NMA for “New Midsize Airplane” which is widely expected to be known as the 797, although work on that has been held up as the US planemaker concentrates on getting the 737 Max fleet back in the air.
Speaking on Sunday ahead of the start of the. Paris Air Show Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said “This air show is different, it has a different feel to it…..We come to this air show with a tone of humility and learning.”
Airbus employs around fourteen thousand people across 25 sites in the UK and has traditionally designed and manufactured the wings on its range of commercial aircraft.