Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody. Big XLR orders or commitments today came from American Airlines (50), Indigo Partners (50) and Qantas (36). Not all of these were entirely new—some were switches from other A320neo family orders and options. But this was a solid show ...

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