Airbus A321

  • CountryEuropean consortium
  • TypeShort to medium range narrowbody airliner
  • PowerplantsA321-100 - Choice of two 133.4kN (30,000lb) International Aero Engines V-2530-A5 or CFM International CFM-56-5B1 turbofans. CFM-56-5B2s of 139.7kN (31,000lb) available as an option. A321-200 - As above or 142.3kN (32,000lb) CFM-56-5B3s or 146.8kN (33,000lb) V-2533-A5s.
  • PerformanceA321-100 - Max cruising speed 903km/h (488kt), economical cruising speed 828km/h (447kt). Range with 186 passengers and reserves 4352km (2350nm) with V-2530s, 4260km (2300nm) with CFM-56s. A321-200 - Range 4907km (2650nm).
  • WeightsA321-100 - Operating empty 47,776kg (105,330lb) with V-2530s, 47,900kg (105,605lb) with CFM-56s. Max takeoff (with either engine option) 83,000kg (183,000lb) or 85,000kg (187,390lb). A321-200 - Operating empty 48,024kg (105,875lb) with CFM-56-5B3s, 48,139kg (106,130lb) with V-2533-A5s, max takeoff 89,000kg (196,210lb) or 93,000kg (205,000lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 34.09m (111ft 10in), length 44.51m (146ft 0in), height 11.76m (38ft 7in). Wing area 123.0m2 (1320sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two. Maximum passenger accommodation in a high density layout of 220 passengers. Passenger accommodation in a typical two class arrangement consists of 16 passengers at four abreast, and 170 passengers at six abreast.
  • Production415 A321s were ordered by late 2002 with 253 delivered.

Like the smaller A319, the A321 is a base change, for this situation extended, improvement of the fruitful A320.

The A321 project was dispatched in November 1989 and the first advancement flying machine first flew on March 11 1993. European accreditation was honored in December that year.

Contrasted and the A320 the A321's significant change is the extended fuselage, with forward and back fuselage fittings totalling 6.93m (22ft 9in) (front attachment quickly forward of wing 4.27m/14ft, back fitting specifically behind the wing 2.67m/8ft 9in).

Different progressions incorporate reinforcing of the undercarriage to adapt to the higher weights, all the more capable motors, a rearranged and refined fuel framework and bigger tires for better braking. A somewhat adjusted wing with twofold opened folds and changes to the flight controls permits the A321's taking care of qualities to nearly look like the A320's. The A321 characteristics an indistinguishable flightdeck to that on the A319 and A320, and offers the same sort rating as the littler two flying machine.

The fundamental A321-100 peculiarities a diminishment in extent contrasted with the A320 as additional fuel tankage was not added to the starting configuration to adjust for the additional weight. To defeat this Airbus propelled the more extended reach, heavier A321-200 advancement in 1995 which has a full pax transcontinental US go. This is accomplished through higher push V2533-A5 or Cfm56-5b3 motors and minor structural reinforcing and 2900 liters (766us gal/638imp gal) more prominent fuel limit with the establishment of an ACT (extra focus tank).

The A321-200 first flew from Daimler Benz (now Daimlerchrysler) Aerospace's Hamburg offices in December 1996.

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