Airbus announces to increase its capacities with a new automated hangar to equip theA321XLRofficially inaugurated yesterday in Hamburgwith a view to increasing its capacity to increase cadence at 75 devices by 2026.
In the new equipment installation hangar with 9,600 m2 of production space, designated H259, all components of the rear fuselages of the A321XLR aircraft – also built in Hamburg – will be installed and assembled. The hangar is equipped with a full range of cutting-edge technologies for operations and manufacturing, such as automated logistics, fully digital systems and test stations capable of providing the status of each section of the fuselage (at both in terms of logistics and resources) at any time.
The almost 24 meter long fuselage sections are equipped with all electrical and mechanical systems, as well as other elements such as windows, floor panels or external antennas, on a “ pulse line » automated composed of eight stations. Each section of the fuselage is extensively tested directly after installation of the electrical and mechanical systems. The fuselage sections are then transferred to the final assembly line in Hamburg.
The stations in the new hangar were planned in close consultation with employees to create both an efficient production flow and an ergonomic, modern working environment. In addition, the interior layout was also designed to ensure optimal conditions for cooperation between production employees and support functions.
The hangar structure was planned and built sustainably. A 3,000 m2 photovoltaic roof supplies the building with electricity, and the surplus is used to power the site. The south-facing office building offers an excellent level of insulation thanks to extensive insulation of the ceiling and walls. A fully automatic control system for heating, ventilation and lighting completes the measures.
The A321XLR (extra long range) represents the next evolutionary step of the A320neo, in response to market demands for even more range and payload, creating further added value for airlines. It will offer an unprecedented range of up to 4,700 nm – 15% more range than the A321LR – and with 30% lower fuel consumption per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as ‘a reduction in CO2 and noise emissions. The A321XLR currently has nearly 570 orders from 27 customers worldwide. Commissioning is planned for the second quarter of 2024.