Airbus’ manufacturing subsidiary Premium AEROTEC in Augsburg, Germany has commenced production of the first Rear Center Tank (RCT) for the Airbus A321XLR. The "first metal cut" – the production of the first machined part for the tank – took place on 25 June 2020. The RCT, which is unique to the new long-range A321XLR, is a permanently installed high-capacity fuel tank that makes maximum volumetric use of the aircraft’s lower fuselage. The RCT structure, which is integrated in fuselage Sections 15 and 17, is located behind the main landing gear bay and holds up to 12,900 litres – which is more fuel than several optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) combined could hold previously in the A321 Family. Moreover, since the RCT takes up less space in the cargo hold, it frees-up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long range routes of up to an unprecedented 4,700nm.