Image. Toulouse: Work is progressing on Airbus’ new A321 assembly line

In this photo taken at the beginning of summer, we can see the civil engineering works to install the assembly line for the A321 in Toulouse. (© VINCI Construction France)

It was at GTM Sud-Ouest TP GC, a subsidiary of VINCI Construction GroupAirbus pledge to do Civil Engineering to install New assembly line bound for The A321inside the Jean-Luc Lagardère factory, the former A380 assembly site, at Toulouse.

What does this work consist of?

The construction giant details the work it has been doing for the European aircraft manufacturer since the spring of 2022:

“The works relate to the construction of 200 linear meters of buried art gallery, construction of blocks based on approximately 800 small molds, grids under paving, niches and gutters to supply power to tool makers, construction of the steel structure for stability of the environments, as well as the rehabilitation of existing buildings.”

Vinci Construction

Started in May 2022, civil engineering works will be completed In January 2023, Says Vinci Construction.

Announcing a project in Spring 2021

In the spring of 2021, Airbus announced the relaunch of this project Modern assembly line For the A320 family in Toulouse, which had been grounded a year ago, in the midst of the global Covid-19 crisis, after the decision to cut production of commercial aircraft by about 40%. It was re-launched thanks to the recovery of emerging markets and a possible return to production rates before the crisis planned at that time “between 2023 and 2025 for single-aisle aircraft”.

The first A321 channel in Toulouse

Installed at the former Lagardère site dedicated to the A380, production of which ended in 2021, “this Final Assembly Line (FAL) Updated and digitized for the A320 and A321 It will replace one of the existing FAL A320 aircraft in Toulouse. According to our information, this new line should be operational during the year 2023.

“This upgraded FAL A320 aircraft in Toulouse, which will add a new generation of assembly line to Airbus’ single-aisle production system, will help improve overall industrial flow, quality, competitiveness and working conditions,” according to the aircraft manufacturer.

This should support the increased flexibility of A321 production as well A321XLR Entering Service It is expected to take off from Hamburg in early 2024, and is currently in the testing phase.

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Reminder, Hamburg, Germany) And the mobile (US) They are currently the only Airbus production sites to assemble the A321, the newest member of the A320 family, commercial aircraft The best seller in the world.

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