May 21, 2019 / 6:56 PM / a year ago

Airbus CEO hints at more powerful A321 jet

FILE PHOTO: The Airbus logo is pictured at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

TOULOUSE (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Guillaume Faury hinted on Tuesday at the launch of a more powerful new A321 jet, saying the planemaker’s current A321LR was the world’s longest-range single-aisle jet “for the moment.”

Industry sources have said Airbus is already marketing a longer-range version called “A321XLR,” with an official announcement expected at next month’s Paris Airshow.

Reporting by Tim Hepher in Toulouse, France; Editing by Tracy Rucinski and Jonathan Oatis

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