Airbus has inaugurated its new final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse, dedicated to the A320 Family. Dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony included Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of Economy & Finance, Clément Beaune. The French Transport Minister, Roland Lescure, the Minister of State for Industry, and Dominique Faure, the Minister of State for Territorial Collectivities and Rural Affairs were also present to mark the occasion. Adding to the energy of the event were hundreds of Airbus’ dedicated employees, who came to witness this significant milestone in the company’s journey.
“The inauguration of this new A321-capable final assembly line in Toulouse represents another milestone in the ongoing modernization of our global industrial system. This FAL will contribute to the ongoing production rate ramp-up to 75 A320 Family aircraft per month in 2026, while meeting the increased demand for A321s, which currently represents around 60 percent of the total A320 Family backlog,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “We’re pleased to see this new facility join our worldwide network of final assembly sites, which will comprise four FALs in Hamburg, Germany; two in Toulouse, France; two in Mobile, United States; and two in Tianjin, China, all of them capable of assembling the A321.”
Airbus Final Assembly Line A320 – A beacon of progress
Immersing itself in a sea of innovations, Airbus’ latest A320 Family final assembly line is a beacon of progress. It aims for quality, efficiency, and the establishment of new benchmarks in health, safety, and sustainability.
By implementing digital production control via tablets and smartphones, Airbus has a step towards a greener future.
Airbus is also revolutionizing the parts distribution process with automated logistics. Plus, the OEM is introducing lightweight robots to join sections; these advancements underline Airbus’ commitment to technological advancement.
Nestled within the former A380 assembly “Jean-Luc Lagardère” building, Airbus’s sparkling new Final Assembly Line (FAL) kicked off production as 2022 wrapped up with the arrival of its first fuselage sections, marking a significant milestone. By year-end, the stage is poised for the grand unveiling of the site’s first aircraft—a shiny new A321.
The state-of-the-art facility will buzz like a beehive as it gears up for increased production. Airbus expects to employ around 700 workers at the facility when it gets into full swing by 2025.