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DAY 36

DAY 36

GATHER ROUND FOR A TALE OF GLOBAL ASSEMBLY

A320 Final Assembly Lines draw on global talent

By 2038, the world will require at least 37,400 new aircraft with more than 100 seats. Over three quarters of these planes will be small aircraft, needing to carry up to 300 people.

To help meet this demand, enabling more people than ever to fly, Airbus has steadily increased production in its Toulouse facilities year-by-year. As the A320 Family grew to become most successful aircraft family ever, we added Final Assembly Lines  (FAL) to meet high output demand, first in Hamburg and then beyond.

On 28 September 2008, to meet growing demand in the Chinese market – which is expected to become the world’s largest market for air travel in the next decade – we took the pioneering step of inaugurating a new FAL in Tianjin, China, our first outside of Europe. Set up as a joint venture between Airbus and a Chinese consortium, this FAL is a key example of industrial cooperation in the true spirit of our early pioneers.

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By December 2018, the team in Tianjin celebrated the delivery of their 400th A320 Family aircraft.

The facility is the third-largest single-aisle assembly line for Airbus after Toulouse and Hamburg.

The success story at Tianjin has meant that the team now also delivers one A330 aircraft a month from our first widebody Completion and Delivery Centre outside Europe, launched in September 2017.

The growing Chinese appetite for air travel has seen orders skyrocket and Airbus and its joint ventures now employ close to 2,000 people across China.

Francois Mery, Airbus’ COO of Commercial Aircraft China, reflects on the success of ‘FAL Asia’ and deliveries to Chinese airlines. “We are 100 percent confident on the Chinese market,” he says, adding that it is “our largest market followed by the United States. We are committed to China and bullish on its growth potential.”

Looking to the future, Francois asserts, “Airbus is looking at bringing in a lot of new ideas every day.”

Since we delivered the first A320 to Air France in 1988, engineers and operators working in our A320 Final Assembly Lines around the world –including our latest facility in Mobile, Alabama – have delivered over 8,000 of the single-aisle planes. This year, our FALs are on track to deliver 60 new A320 jetliners per month.


“The Tianjin Final Assembly Line was a strategic decision that took courage and innovation to implement. With the momentum of China’s aviation market, it has become a model for Sino-European cooperation.”

George Xu, CEO of Airbus China

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