Airbus A321 Spotting Guide


The first derivative of the Airbus A320 was the stretched Airbus A321, also known as the Stretched A320A320-500 and A325.

Background and Development

The first flight of the Airbus A321 occurred in March of 1993, when the prototype, registration F-WWIA, flew with IAE V2500 engines; the second prototype, equipped with CFM56-5B turbofans, flew in May. Lufthansa and Alitalia were the first to order the stretched Airbuses.

Today, the A321 is a major competitor as a replacement aircraft for the Boeing 757 which is no longer in production but remains a popular component in the fleet of many airliners.

Newer versions include the A321neo (New Engine Option) and the A321LR (Long Range).

Airbus A321 Spotting Guide

The A321 has two engines under the wings, two dual-wheel main landing gear, four cabin doors along the fuselage, and the classic Airbus nose featuring the "notched" window.
The A321 has two engines under the wings, two dual-wheel main landing gear, four doors along the fuselage, and the classic Airbus nose featuring the "notched" window.

The Airbus A-321 features typical A320-series characteristics including the "rounded nose" and windshield straight across the bottom, and rear cockpit windshield window "notched" at the top corner.
The Airbus A-321 features typical A320-series characteristics including the "rounded nose" and windshield straight across the bottom, and rear windshield window "notched"

Chart showing a side-by-side comparison of the
Airbus A321 (top) and the Boeing 757 (bottom).

Note that the A321 has two 2-wheel main gear assemblies, while the 757 has two 4-wheel landing gear.

Side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A321 and the Boeing 757

 

Airbus A320 Family Spotting Guide

Spotting guide for the Airbus A320 family of jetliners

The Airbus A320 is a short-to-medium range, twin-engine, narrow-bodied airliner. It was launched in March of 1984.

The family was subsequently expanded to include the stretched Airbus A321 (1994), the shortened A319 (1996), and the A318 (2003).

Spotting guide for the Airbus A320 family of jetliners


A321 overall size comparison
Air China Airbus A321-213 (right)
shown with an Air China Boeing 777-300 (left)

 

Airbus A321 Photographs

Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A321-200
Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A321-200

Lufthansa Airbus A321
Lufthansa Airbus A321