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May 27, 2024
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Airbus expects to deliver the first A321neo out of its new Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse before “the end of 2023”. The new line is in the build-up phase, with the first aircraft still in the first workstations since October as all systems are dialed in. The new FAL will be much more automated than the other Airbus lines around the world. AirInsight had the opportunity to visit the new FAL last week ahead of the presentation of Airbus’ 2022 results.

The new line is situated in the Jean-Luc Lagardère complex that was used until late 2020 for the A380. The U-shaped building was specifically built for the double-decker program and is the largest industrial complex in Europe, sized 490x250x46 meters and has a floor area of 122.500 square meters.

 


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.