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Airbus A321

Discover more about the Airbus A321, including technical specifications, features and which airlines use the Airbus A321

About the Airbus A321

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The Airbus A321 is a short- to medium-range, narrow-body (single aisle), commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliner. It was the first derivative of the Airbus A320 family and remains the best-selling aircraft of the family, providing passengers with the widest cabin than competitors -allowing it to offer wider seats for extra comfort.  

The Airbus A321 entered service in 1994 with Lufthansa. As of August 2019, 1,959 Airbus A321 aircraft have been delivered, with 1,932 currently in service. The largest operators of the A321 are American Airlines, with 225 craft in their fleet, and China Southern Airlines, with125 A321 in their fleet. 

The Airbus A321neo

In December 2010, Airbus announced a new generation of the A320 family: the A320neo. The A321 variant, the A321neo, has been designed and built to be more efficient - delivering fuel savings of up to 15%. The A321neo carries up to 236 passengers, with optimised cabin space and configurations. 


Technical Spec of the A321


Spec A321 A321neo
Range 5,930 km 7,410 km
Length 44.51 m 44.51 m
Wing Span 35.80 m 35.80 m
Passengers 1-Class 236 240
Passengers 2-Class 185 185
Speed 450-473 kn; 833-876 km/h 450-473 kn; 833-876 km/h

Passenger Features of the Airbus A321

What is the Onboard Experience Like?

The onboard experience will depend on the airline you are flying with. American carriers tend to employ a better onboard product on the 321's than European carriers, which tend to prioritise capacity. Check out JetBlue's premium 'Mint' offering, which features lie-flat seats, sleek interiors and tons of free entertainment.

More Seat Width

The A321 has a wider cabin than its competitors, meaning passengers can enjoy up to 18-inch wide seats.

The extra width of the cabin also means a wider aisle, making is easier for both passengers and flight attendants to walk up the aisle, and enables passengers to stretch and move about comfortably. 

More Storage Space

The greater width of the cabin also means more overhead storage, allowing passengers board and disembark with maximum ease.  


Which airlines use the Airbus A321?


Airline A321 A321neo
Aegean Airlines 11  
Aer Lingus 3 2
Aeroflot 39  
Air Arabia   2
Air Astana 4 4
Air Blue 5  
Air Busan 18  
Air Canada 15  
Air China 61 5
Air France 20  
Air India 20  
Air Lease Corp 1  
Air Macau 10  
Air Moldova 1  
Air New Zealand   7
Air Seoul 7  
Air Transat 4 2
Air Travel 2  
Alaska Airlines   9
Alitalia 11  
ANA 4 11
American Airlines 219 6
Arkia   3
Asiana Airlines 18 1
Atlas Global 10  
Austrian Airlines 6  
Avianca 9 2
Avianca Costa Rica 2  
Avianca El Salvador 1  
Avion Express 7  
Azores Airlines   3
Bamboo Airways   4
Beijing Capital Airlines 19  
British Airways 18 6
Cambodia Angkor Air 1  
Cathay Dragon 8  
Cebu Pacific 7 2
China Eastern Airlines 77  
China Southern Airlines 99  
Condor 14  
Danish Air Transport 1  
Delta Air Lines 93  
EasyJet   6
Ethiad Airways 10  
Eurowings 2  
EVA Air 22  
Finnair 19  
Frontier Airlines 21  
Galistair 1  
Germania 1  
Gulf Air 6  
Hawaiian Airlines   14
Hi Fly 1  
Hong Kong Express 11  
Iberia 11  
Iberia Express 4  
IndiGo   5
Interjet 6 8
Iran Air 1  
Iraqi Airways 2  
Jet2 4  
JetBlue 63 1
Jetstar Airways 8  
Juneyao Airlines 27  
Kish Air 2  
 La Compagine   2
Lanmei Airlines 2  
LATAM Airlines Brazil 31  
LATAM Group 18  
Laudamotion 1  
Long Jiang Airlines 2  
Lufthansa 63 4
Maldivian 1  
Nile Air 2  
Nordwind Airlines 9  
Novair   2
Olympus Airways 3  
Onur Air 9 2
Pegasus Airlines 24 7
Qatar Airways 6  
Red Wings Airlines 10  
Royal Jordanian Airlines 2  
Saudia 15  
Scandinavian Airlines 8  
Sichuan Airlines 43 12
Smart Lynx Airlines 8  
Spirit Airlines 30  
Sri Lankan Airlines 2 4
Swiss International Air Lines 6 3
TAP Air Portugal 4 9
Thai AirAsia 11  
Thai VietJet Air 3  
Tinanjin Airlines 2  
Titan Airways 3 3
Titan Airways    
TUI Group 2  
Turkish Airlines 68 8
UNI Air 2  
Ural Airlines 15  
Vallair 1  
VietJet Air 33 12
Vietnam Airlines 56 13
Volaris 10 5
Vueling 15  
White Airways 1  
Windrose Airlines 5  
Wizz Air Hungary 34 6
Wizz Air UK 7  
Yamal Airlines 3  
Zagros Airlines 2  

How can I book flights on the Airbus A321?

When you search for flights through Alternative Airlines it is quick and easy to see which plane will be used on each flight. Just click on the details icon on the flight that you want to search to see if it will be operated with a Airbus A321.

Visit our page 'what aircraft will I fly on?' for more information on how to do check which aircraft you will be flying on.

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How does the A321 compare with the A320?

The A321 was launced just a year after the A320, which rocketed the company into a household name. The A320 has a better range, however the A321 can fit more passengers, so it depends on the priority and needs of the airline. There have been a total of 4,704 deliveries of the A320, compared to 1,718 total deliveries of the A321. 

What is the seating configuration in the A321?

The A321 is a narrow-body aircraft, meaning it has a single aisle. The seating configuration will depend on the airline as well as the Class. Standard Economy is usually configured in a 3-3 formation.

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