First aircraft sections arrive at A320 Final Assembly Line in Tianjin

The first aircraft sections for the new Airbus single-aisle assembly line in Tianjin arrived at the A320 Final Assembly Line (FAL) site in the early morning of 25th July.

Six jigs loaded with parts for an A320, coming from the Airbus production sites in Europe, departed from Hamburg on a container ship on 24th June. It carries the forward and rear fuselage section, a pair of wings, the horizontal and vertical tailplane and engine pylons. The sections arrived at the Tianjin Harbour on 24th July, then were transported from the harbour to the FALC site by road in the morning of 25th July.

The assembly process of the first aircraft, which is for Sichuan Airlines, will start in August 2008. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for mid 2009. By 2011, the production ramp-up will reach 4 aircraft per month.

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