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Article from BTNews 17 MAY 2021

A380 factory goes A321

Originally built for production of the A380, the unit at Lagardère on the other side of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport from the main Airbus site, is to become an A321 facility by the end 2022.

IIt will provide industrial capability to support market recovery and demand.

Initial plans to introduce A321 production capabilities in Toulouse were put on hold at the outset of the Covid-19 crisis, following the decision to reduce commercial aircraft production by around 40%. Now, with market recovery in sight and a potential return to pre-Covid production rates for single-aisle aircraft between 2023 and 2025, Airbus is resuming its activities for the project.

Hamburg (Germany) and Mobile (Alabama) are currently the only Airbus production sites configured to assemble A321s.  This higher level of A321 production flexibility will also support entry-into-service of the A321XLR from Hamburg starting in 2023.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft, with over 15,500 aircraft sold to more than 320 customers, and approaching 10,000 delivered.

www.airbus.com

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