Airbus Launches First A321neo from New Toulouse Assembly Line

Airbus has achieved a significant milestone with the successful delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, assembled at the company’s newest A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse.

This delivery, made to Pegasus Airlines, a leading low-cost carrier in Türkiye, marks the commencement of operations from Airbus’ latest state-of-the-art production facility. This facility, located in the revamped A380 “Jean-Luc Lagardère” building, represents Airbus’ commitment to modernization and its response to the increasing global demand for the A321neo.

Pegasus Airlines Airbus A321
Pegasus Airlines Airbus A321 [Image: Airbus]

The A321neo, the largest member of the Airbus A320neo Family, is renowned for its unparalleled range and performance. Featuring new-generation engines and Sharklets, the aircraft stands out for its significant environmental benefits. It offers a 50% reduction in noise footprint and achieves more than a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO₂ emissions compared to previous-generation single-aisle aircraft. Additionally, the A321neo enhances passenger comfort with the widest single-aisle cabin available.

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To date, over 5,600 A321neos have been ordered by more than 100 customers worldwide, demonstrating its popularity and the model now constitutes nearly 65% of Airbus’ A320 Family order backlog. Pegasus Airlines‘ commitment to the Airbus fleet is evident in its current lineup of 93 aircraft, which includes 6 A320ceo, 46 A320neo, and 41 A321neo, along with an order of 68 more A321neos.

The new Toulouse FAL, with this delivery to Pegasus Airlines, begins its ramp-up phase. This facility, along with other A320 Family FALs located in Hamburg (Germany), Mobile (USA), and Tianjin (China), plays a crucial role in Airbus’ strategy. The company aims to reach a production target of 75 A320 Family aircraft per month by 2026, a goal that aligns with its growth and efficiency objectives in the competitive aviation industry.

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