China Airlines took delivery of the first of its 25 A321neo aircraft on 29 November, with efficiency features that mean it will serve the majority of the airline’s regional routes.
The fuel efficiency of the A321neo is 15 to 20% better than that of the airline’s previous generation of narrowbody aircraft, with the noise footprint and NOx emissions reduced by up to 75% and 50% respectively, compared to the outgoing fleet.
Cargo operations are very important to China Airlines, so a Cargo Loading System was specified for the belly hold of the A321neo, which uses pallet containers for faster and safer cargo handling. The belly hold can be configured for bulk cargo or for greater flexibility, depending on local airport requirements. The A321neo aircraft is expected to provide 10 to 20% more cargo capacity than the airline’s outgoing narrowbodies.
The A321neo cabin designs have a focus on contactless service and enhanced epidemic suppression measures, as well as comfort upgrades. Let’s take a look inside…