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Airbus boosts assembly of new A321

Christian Fernsby |
Airbus will add a new assembly line at its base in Toulouse, France, to boost production of the fast selling A321neo narrow body jet.

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The facility will open by mid-2022 on the site of Airbus’s A380 superjumbo line, which will be vacated as the double decker ends production.

The European planemaker has faced an order frenzy after offering “stretch” versions of the A321 featuring a higher capacity and increased range. The production move comes as Boeing Co.’s rival 737 Max model remains grounded after two fatal crashes, with no date yet set for its return.

Airbus Chief Operating Officer Michael Schoellhorn said the company is “enjoying an unprecedented high demand” for the A320-family, especially the A321’s long-range LR and extra long-range XLR variants.

The new digitally enabled production site will add to A321 lines in Hamburg, Germany, and Mobile, Alabama.

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