(CNN) — Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled designs for the A321XLR — an aircraft it claims will be the world’s “longest range single-aisle airliner.”
The new model has 15% more range than its predecessor, the A321LR — paving the way the way for direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas.
The state-of-the-art plane, 44.51 meters in length, will be able to seat between 180 and 220 passengers if operators choose to seat passengers in traditional two class seating.
Other changes to the aircraft include a new permanent rear center tank for more fuel volume and a modified landing gear for an increased maximum take-off weight of 101 metric tonnes.
“We’re giving the market what it’s asking for… the A321XLR is the longest range single aisle aircraft — available now,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, in a written statement to CNN.
According to Airbus, the A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,500 orders from more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010.