Airbus has launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), following the first commitment from Air Lease Corp. (ALC). The move comes just six months after ALC became a launch customer for the A330neo. The Los Angeles-based lessor signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 30 more A321neos, upsizing its commitments from the 2014 Farnborough Airshow from 60 to 90. “We can pick up not only the 500 aircraft to replace the Boeing 757 [with the A321LR], but ...

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