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Airbus has been quick to market the virtues of the A321neo and A321neoLR over the 737MAX family. The sales numbers do not lie – Airbus has amassed a lot of orders for the A321neo, even if over 60% of those customers are junk credit-rated and have “risk” written all over them.
The 737-10 launch at the Paris Air Show last month will change that.
737-10 already has several advantages over the A321neo.
The LEAP-1B provides enough incentive alone to de-risk away from the troublesome PW1100G-JM engine on the A320neo family – the A321neo with that engine still hasn’t entered service.
Airbus fails to clarify several elements on the A321neo and its mythical 4000nm range. Airbus doesn’t distinguish the range between the A321neo or A321neoLR. They don’t distinguish what passenger weights or what interior is used to calculate its range either.
Above 200 seats, A321neo and A321neoLR lose range dramatically – hence the reliance on additional fuel tanks to skew the figures – and critically, reduce seat count as well.
And it is here where the 737-10 excels. Even with no auxiliary tanks, the 737-10 and 737-9 both have more range than the A321neo that is equipped with one additional tank.
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