Airbus A321neo receives EASA and FAA certification for long-range capabilities

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have both certified up to three Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) on the Airbus A321neo, including for 180min extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS). This is paving the way for A321neo customers to start ‘Long Range’ (LR) operations.

In detail, the certification includes:

  • Approval to install up to three additional tanks (ACTs) in the long-range A321neo (or: A321LR) – with their associated new fuel management systems and lower-fuselage structural reinforcements
  • The authorization of the A321neo’s Airbus Cabin Flex (ACF) option

According to Airbus, this allows the A321LR version to fly up to 4,000nm with 206 passengers with extra fuel stored in three additional tanks.