The A321neoLR will ultimately account for a much larger share of total A321neo deliveries. There could be more than 20 A321neoLR operators by the end of 2020.
For example, Batik Air CEO Achmad Luthfie told CAPA on 5-Feb-2018 that the airline was planning to take delivery of A321neoLR aircraft from 2019. Batik parent Lion Group currently has orders for 65 A321neos and 113 A320neos. Mr Achmad said all of Batik’s A321neos will be A321neoLRs.
Airbus discloses when an airline converts an A320neo order to larger A321neos but does not make an announcement if an airline converts an A321neo order to the A321neoLR. It is therefore entirely up to the airline to announce the acquisition of A321neoLRs.
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If Airbus can indeed line-up more than 20 customers by the end of 2020, it shows there is potential for Boeing's middle of market business case.