Airbus has announced the entry into service of the first A321 aircraft to be assembled at its Final Assembly Line Asia (FAL Tianjin) in Tianjin, China. The breakthrough broadens and deepens cooperation with the Chinese aerospace industry and demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to expand its long-term strategic partnership with China.
The FAL in Tianjin officially started adaptation work to become A321 capable in August 2022. It is the first major modernization of the assembly line since operations began in 2008. FAL Tianjin’s first A321 aircraft is scheduled for delivery in early 2023.
“Ever since we announced our plans to expand FAL Tianjin’s capacity to include A321 production last November, I am proud that the Airbus Tianjin team has successfully completed the related adaptation work and on schedule, working closely with European experts and our… Suppliers worked together to manage the impact of COVID -19,said George Xu, Executive Vice President of Airbus and CEO of Airbus China. “The entry into service of the first A321 aircraft underscores Airbus’ commitment to China and marks a new milestone in industrial cooperation with our Chinese partners.”
Airbus has four A320 Family assembly plants worldwide: Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Mobil, USA. By the end of 2022, all commercial aircraft assembly sites will be A321-capable as part of the industry strategy to reduce ramp-up risk and meet the increasing proportion of A321 production.
Inaugurated in 2008, FAL Tianjin was the first assembly line for Airbus commercial aircraft outside of Europe. In the same year, the first aircraft parts arrived on site. Since the first A320 delivery in 2009, FAL Tianjin has delivered more than 600 aircraft in its 14 years of operation. It has become a model of successful Sino-European cooperation.
The longest fuselage member of Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle A320 Family, the A321neo can comfortably accommodate up to 244 passengers in a higher-density layout, with the longest range reaching 4,700nm/8,700km. With the widest single aisle cabin in the sky, the A320neo Family offers a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions2 and a noise reduction of 50% compared to previous generation aircraft, thanks to the integration of the very latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklets. As of the end of September 2022, the A320neo Family has received over 8,500 firm orders from more than 130 customers worldwide.