© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A321XLR takes off for its first flight at Hamburg-Finkenwerder airport, Germany, June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo
WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it has approved special conditions for the Airbus A321XLR after concerns that a new type of fuel tank could cause a fire accident in its ultra-narrow plane.
Aircraft maker Boeing (NYSE: ) told European regulators in 2021 that a fuel tank design intended to increase the capacity of the A321XLR “results in significant risks”.
The FAA said in writing that it would require the lower half of the A321XLR’s fuselage, based on the tank area, to be fire resistant to protect passengers.