A380 to make way for A321 production increase

A321XLR (Airbus)
A321XLR (Photo Airbus)

Airbus is to capitalise on the drawing down of its A380 production line by boosting A320 Family production at its Toulouse/Blagnac site.

The European Aerospace giant plans to open a “digitally-enabled A321 line” in its existing Jean-Luc Lagardère final assembly facility by mid-2022. Currently, the only European Final Assembly Line to assemble A321s is at Airbus’ Hamburg/Finkenwerder site, although examples are also assembled and delivered from Mobile, Alabama.

Michael Schoellhorn, Airbus chief operating officer, said: “We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our winning A320neo Family and especially its A321 Long Range (LR) and Xtra Long Range (XLR) derivatives. In order to optimise the industrial flow, we have decided to increase our global A321 production capacity and flexibility as well as to establish a next generation Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.”

Final Assembly Line (Airbus)
A380 Final Assembly Line (Photo Airbus)

More than 7,100 A320neo family aircraft have been ordered since the type was launched in December 2010. In its most recent orders and deliveries update, the manufacturer advised it had 6,563 aircraft still to complete as of January 1. Almost 500 of the outstanding commitments are for the A321XLR, launched at the Paris Air Show last June.