Airbus has formally opened a brand new A321XLR equipment installation hangar in Hamburg, Germany to help it ramp up production.
The automated equipping facility, which was opened by Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher and German Aerospace Coordinator Anna Christmann, will be able to work on eight A321XLR rear fuselage sections simultaneously.
Airbus plans to be producing 75 A320 family aircraft a month by 2026.
“Airbus’ Hamburg site plays a significant role in the development and production of the A321XLR. With our new, state-of-the-art equipment installation hangar, we are now expanding our capacity to manufacture A321 fuselages and making an important contribution to supporting our ramp up. At the same time we are reaffirming the importance of Hamburg for Airbus,” said André Walter, Head of Airbus Commercial Aircraft Production in Germany.
Dr Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg: “Hamburg is the central location for Airbus’ single-aisle development and production. With the A321XLR, the new flagship of the A320 Family will be assembled at the Finkenwerder site, setting new standards in terms of sustainability, efficiency and range. The start of production in the new equipment installation hangar is an important project for Hamburg as the world’s third largest civil aviation center.”
Designated H259, the 9,600m2 production space building will be fully equip the rear fuselage sections of the A321XLR including all the electrical and mechanical systems along with windows, doors, floor panels and external fittings such as Antennas.
“This investment in the A321XLR equipment installation hangar at the Airbus Hamburg site is an important milestone towards transitioning aviation to climate neutrality. This transformation is the key to making Germany a future-oriented and competitive aerospace location,” said Anna Christmann, the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy. “I am delighted that Airbus is positioning itself as a trailblazer in sustainable aviation and that we are pulling together to accelerate progress toward climate-neutral aviation even further.”