A320neo programme starts first major-component assembly

Blagnac08 November 2013

  • First A320neo engine pylon assembled in Toulouse
  • Other NEO subassemblies taking shape soon across Airbus sites
The engine pylon for the first A320neo to fly has been assembled at Airbus in Toulouse (c) Airbus The engine pylon for the first A320neo to fly has been assembled at Airbus in Toulouse (c) Airbus

Airbus has achieved assembly of the engine pylon for the first A320neo to fly. The pylon (depicted below), which has just been completed at the dedicated pylon facility in St Eloi in Toulouse, is the first major airframe component assembly to take place for the NEO programme.

In parallel with this pylon construction, other major NEO components and subassemblies will shortly be taking shape in factories across various countries. For example, in Hamburg the centre wing-box will soon arrive from the UK to be integrated in the fuselage, and also the rear fuselage will begin assembly there. In St. Nazaire, the forward fuselage will start assembly in January 2014.

Overall progress on the first A320neo is well on track for aircraft final assembly to start in spring 2014, followed by the aircraft making its first flight next autumn.

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