Airbus has announced it will use its current A380 production line in Toulouse to manufacture the A321 when production of the ‘Superjumbo’ ends.
The company says that by mid-2022 the current A380 Lagardère facility will accommodate a digitally-enabled A321 line as a step to modernise the A320 production system in Toulouse. It explained that the new facilities will provide more flexibility for A321 production, while keeping the overall single aisle industrial capacity in Toulouse flat.
Michael Schoellhorn, Airbus’ chief operating officer commented: “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.”
Currently, the only European Final Assembly Line to assemble A321s is at Airbus’ Hamburg site. In addition, the A321 is also being assembled and delivered from Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Airbus said Toulouse was selected for several reasons such as: overall competitiveness, time to market, investment cost, available floor space and resources.