Arkia Israeli Airlines has become the first carrier to take delivery of an Airbus A321LR.

The aircraft is a longer-range derivative of Airbus' largest current generation single-aisle aircraft, the A321Neo. 

The A321LR has a range of 4,600 miles, slightly farther than the distance between Chicago and Prague. Thus, it can handle most major transatlantic routes. 

The orders spreadsheet that Airbus posts online doesn't separate orders of the standard A321Neo from the A321LR, but Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn said more than 100 A321LRs are on order. Among the transatlantic carriers that have ordered the aircraft are Norwegian Air, Aer Lingus and TAP Portugal. Norwegian Air has 30 on order. 

Arkia will configure its A321LR with 220 seats in a single economy class. 

The A321LR is competing in the marketplace with Boeing long-range narrowbodies, including the 757-200 and the 737 Max 10.

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