Recently, Leeham News broke newsÂ to the world that Airbus is offeringÂ a new variantÂ of the A321neo. Â This aircraft, dubbed the A321neoLR (rolls right off the tongue, right?) is set to extend the range of the aircraft an additional 400-500 nautical miles (nm) over the standard A321neo (now slated to be around the 4,000 nm mark). Â Airbus hasÂ confirmed the aircraft, according to Leeham, and they say that it will have a 100 nm range advantage over the 757-200W, the variant used primarily for trans-Atlantic flights.
Is this new aircraft the death knell finally for the 757?
We have lookedÂ multiple timesÂ at the differences between the 757 & the A321. Â The two aircraft have always gone back and forth as apparent direct competitors and even the new 737-900ER, which seem to be extremely popular with airlines like Delta, Alaska or the Lion Air Group from Indonesia, canâ€™t seem to replace the 757.
What keeps Boeing from producing a new aircraft to properly replace the 757?