On 13 November 2018, Tel Aviv based ARKIA Israeli Airlines took delivery of the first Airbus A321LR in Hamburg, becoming the launch operator of the long-range version of the single aisle aircraft.

The A321LR is the latest version of Airbus' best-selling A321 Family and allows operators the flexibility to fly Long Range (LR) operations of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) and to tap into new long haul markets, which were not previously accessible with single aisle aircraft. The new LR cabin configuration allows airlines to offer each passenger more space and premium products for widebody comfort, with up to four different booking classes available for installation.

According to Airbus, A321LR operations will be 30% cheaper than in comparison to a Boeing 757-200, and 7% more efficient than operating the current closest competitor, Boeing 737 MAX 10.

Powered by Leap CFM motors, Arkia’s A321LR fleet will be configured with 220 seats in a single class layout.