Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Airbus inaugurates Hamburg’s fourth A320 Family production line

Download: Printable PDF Date: 14 Jun 2018 07:03 category:
Publisher:
Airbus inaugurates Hamburg’s fourth A320 Family production line - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: Germany Aircraft: Airplanes
  •  New standard in digitalisation and automation, driving efficiency
  • Key enabler in Airbus’ single-aisle ramp-up

Airbus has inaugurated the fourth Hamburg A320 Family production line. Making use of digital technologies and a more flexible industrial set-up, the innovative state-of-the-art line is a key enabler for ramping up the single aisle programme to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019.

Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator of Economy, Transport and Innovation and Thomas Jarzombek, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, witnessed the milestone together with Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, and 500 distinguished guests at a special ceremony in Hamburg.

Axis Robot 4th A320 Family Production Line Airbus Hamburg

“The inauguration of our latest, most modern A320 production line opens a new chapter in efficient, digital aircraft manufacturing,” said Guillaume Faury. “With these new technologies we are building our aircraft more efficiently, a key enabler for higher production rates. I would like to thank the teams, who pushed this newest Airbus production standard from concept to reality.”

With more than 14,000 A320ceo and A320neo Family aircraft ordered and over 8,100 delivered, the A320 is the world’s most successful single-aisle aircraft family. Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, the A320neo Family provides 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. To date the A320neo Family has captured nearly a 60 percent market share with more than 6,000 orders from 100 customers.

The A320 Family aircraft are manufactured globally, at Airbus sites in Europe, China and the US. In addition to the new production line, Airbus also inaugurated a larger and modernised Hamburg A320 Family delivery centre with more customer areas, more efficient delivery processes and increased hospitality services.

Background Information

The line features two seven-axis robots for automated fuselage drilling. These robots are able to drill almost 80 percent of holes on the upper side of the sections which improves the ergonomic working environment. The robots also drill with higher accuracy to ensure a constant level of production quality resulting in less rework. Furthermore, the new line features an innovative layout and the use of mobile tooling platforms that navigate autonomously with laser trackers.  

The new technologies and processes applied in the new line were designed and implemented in close coordination with employees and following the principle of Design Thinking. This resulted in a modern much more efficient working environment with an optimized provisioning of all required materials at the work stations within a range of three meters, shorter walking distances and already unpacked components ready to mount. Many of the new technologies and processes will be transferred to other Airbus production lines worldwide.

Mobile Tooling Platforms For Major Components 4th A320 Family Production Line Airbus



Loading comments for Airbus inaugurates Hamburg’s fourth A320 Family production line...


Recommended

Airbus signs contract for HERON TP drones with the German Armed Forces

Covers provision of drone systems as well as all operational services Contractual model is based on the successful Heron 1 contract  Includes five reconnaissance drone systems capable of c...

Airbus and THAI sign agreement to proceed with joint venture MRO

State-of-the art facility to be developed at U-Tapao International Airport Airbus and Thai Airways International (THAI) have signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture maintenance and ove...

Prague Airport opened a new Centralized Security Checkpoint area in Terminal 2

Prague Airport brought new Centralized Security Checkpoint area in Terminal 2 into full operation. All passengers flying to Schengen Area countries will have to go through the new security checkp...

FAI Aviation Group chooses My Sky Business Aviation Platform

FAI, the largest air ambulance fleet operator in Europe, and My Sky, the tech company specializing in jet financial management start a collaboration aiming at making charter operation more efficient.&...

Delta Air Lines Becomes Launch Operator of ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin with New Order for 20 Bombardier CRJ900

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia (Delta Air Lines) has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft – becoming the launch o...

Boeing Delivers First 737 MAX to Jet Airways

Boeing and Jet Airways celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 737 MAX airplane. Jet Airways will be first Indian carrier to fly the new and improved 737 airplane, which delivers a double-d...