A US airline has placed an order for 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The order from United Airlines follows an existing order for 50 A321XLR aircraft, bringing the total commitment from the airline to 120 A321 aircraft

Earlier this year, Delta placed an order for 25 of the A321neo aircraft.

The wings for the aircraft will be made in Broughton, with a significant number of the newly-ordered aircraft undergoing final assembly at the Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, in the US. Globally, as of the end of May 2021, the A320neo Family has achieved 7,400 firm orders from 121 customers.

“Such a significant order from a great airline like United underscores that the A321neo offers unmatched capabilities, operating economics, and passenger friendliness,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.

“No other aircraft can do what the A321neo can do, and the Airbus team is most gratified by United’s strong affirmation of its premium status. The A321neo will complement United’s future A321XLR aircraft, together creating a privileged segment on its own.”

The A321neo is in such high demand globally due to the aircraft providing superior environmental performance with the lowest CO₂ emissions per seat in its class.

The A321neo’s lower carbon footprint will support United Airlines on its journey to reduce the airline’s CO₂ emissions 100% by 2050.

United’s A321neo aircraft will feature Airbus’ Airspace cabin design, which brings the following passenger-pleasing enhancements: unique welcome and customisable hero lighting (which helps reduce jet lag); new slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; better views through the windows with their redesigned bezels and completely integrated window shades; the latest full LED lighting technologies; the largest overhead bin in class; and new lavatories with hygienic touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces.