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Airbus adds A321 production capacity at Toulouse

By Philip Smith

New facility at French site is to meet demand for world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft

Airbus is to create new production capacity at its site at Toulouse to cope with demand for the latest A321 aircraft.

The world’s largest airline manufacturer will convert its existing A380 facilities to accommodate a digitally-enabled A321 final assembly line.

Toulouse, in southern France, was selected for its “overall competitiveness”, cost of investment and time to market, says the company. Available space was also a factor.

Airbus announced last year that it was to end production of the A380.

He added that with its digital production process the new facility will “optimise industrial flow” and increase production capacity specifically for the A321 models.

“We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our winning A320neo family and especially its A321 long-range and extra long-range derivatives,” said Michael Schoellhorn, Airbus Chief Operating Officer.

Currently, the only European final assembly line for the A321 is at the Airbus Hamburg site in Germany. The A321 is also being assembled and delivered in Alabama in the US.

Airbus’s A320neo family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft with over 7,100 sold to over 110 customers since its launch in 2010.

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