American Air Mulls Longest-Range Airbus A321XLR to Plug Boeing Gap
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June 10, 2019 - by Mary Schlangenstein , Julie Johnsson , and Benjamin D Katz for bloomberg.com
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American Airlines Group Inc. is taking a hard look at whether to buy Airbus SE's proposed A321XLR aircraft, people familiar with the matter said. Any deal would be a big blow to struggling Boeing Co.'s rival foray into mid-range flying.
The U.S. carrier sees the plane, which would have the longest range of Airbus's single-aisle offerings, as a potential replacement for its aging fleet of 34 Boeing 757-200 jets, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. While no announcement is planned for this month's Paris Air Show, aircraft deals sometimes come together quickly, one of the people said.
American, the world's largest airline, is one of a handful of carriers whose fleet decisions will...