[Ref 9-15 October 2018 | Flight International]
- Gulf carrier has yet to pick powerplant for incoming narrowbody fleet, but P&W remains contender despite problems
- Having switched to the larger A321neo, Qatar Airways is still negotiating with both P&W and CFM International over the powerplant selection.
Fuel tank certification is key for long-range A321
- Airbus’s A321neo has been certificated to operate with three additional centre fuel tanks – the A321LR, operate up to 4,000nm (7,410km) with 206 passengers and has also obtained approval for extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) up to 180min, at a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 97t.