Boeing cites risks in design of newest Airbus jet
March 4, 2021 - Boeing has raised concerns over the design of arch-rival Airbus’ newest narrow-body jet, the A321XLR, saying a novel type of fuel tank – moulded directly into the fuselage – could pose fire risks.
In a submission to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Boeing said the architecture of a fuel tank intended to increase the A321XLR’s range “presents many potential hazards,” according to a Reuters report.
Airbus plans to make the new tank an integral part of the fuselage, meaning its shape would follow the contours of the jet and carry more fuel.
EASA has said it would impose special conditions to ensure the fuselage around the integral fuel tank is resistant to external fire to protect passengers.
In comments to EASA first reported by Flightglobal, Boeing cited risks if a jet veers off a runway or its wheels fail.