Under this partnership, Airbus is set to inaugurate its inaugural Final Assembly Line (FAL) for helicopters and aircraft within India, facilitating the production of both H125 single-engine helicopters and 40 C-295 transport aircraft.
TASL to Supervise the Final Assembly Line
The assembly line in Gujarat will be overseen by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL).
While the majority of Airbus’s manufacturing operations are concentrated in Europe, with key locations in Toulouse and Hamburg, the aircraft manufacturer also maintains assembly lines in other global regions, including the United States, Canada, and China.
With over 20 manufacturing sites, each dedicated to producing or assembling specific aircraft components, the finalized parts are subsequently transported to the final assembly lines, where the complete aircraft is assembled.
Global Collaboration in Aircraft Manufacturing
Germany provides the fuselage, and the horizontal stabilizer is sourced from Getafe, Spain. The rudder is manufactured in Harbin, China, and additional components come from various Chinese suppliers.
Assembly lines for the A320 family are located on three continents. In addition to Europe, this narrowbody is assembled in Tianjin, China, for deliveries to Asian airlines, as well as in Mobile, Alabama, US. Notably.
Some carriers in the Americas, like Volaris and JetSMART, have recently received A320neo family aircraft manufactured in the United States.
The A321XLR’s forward fuselage and center wing box are manufactured in France, with the central and rear fuselage sections and vertical tail produced in Germany.
Getafe in Spain manages the tail cone and horizontal tailplane of the A321XLR, while the wings continue to be produced in the UK.
Airbus Expands Final Assembly to Six Global Locations
Airbus presently conducts final assembly operations at six locations, spanning France, Germany, the US, Canada, China, and, most recently, India.
While the European assembly lines serve the global demand for aircraft, the facilities in Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Alabama, United States, are oriented towards fulfilling local market needs.
The final assembly lines are responsible for producing the following aircraft:
- Toulouse, France: A320, A330, A350 (previously A380)
- Hamburg, Germany: A320
- Mobile, Alabama, US: A220 and A320
- Tianjin, China: A320
- Mirabel, Canada: A220
- Gujarat’s Vadodara: H125 single-engine helicopters and 40 C-295 transport aircraft.
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