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First A320neo in Production.
First A320neo in Production. Picture courtesy Airbus

First Airbus A320neo advancing rapidly through final assembly

The first Airbus A320neo (new engine option), the first significant upgrade of the the best selling single aisle narrow-body jetliner of European airframer Airbus S.A.S., is progressing rapidly through the final assembly line in Toulouse, France.

The first aircraft began its final assembly last month, with the join of the forward and rear fuselage sections. Next, major structures were mated of the aircraft. Wings made at Broughton, UK; vertical tail made inStade, Germany; horizontal stabiliser tailplane made in Getafe, Spain; engine pylons made in St. Eloi, France; and wing flaps made in Bremen, Germany.

The main flight-test instrumentation equipment is also installed on the aircraft. Across the Atlantic, Pratt & Whitney is manufacturing the first set of PW1100G-JM PurePower geared turbo fan engines in the United States for delivery to Airbus in the coming months. The A320neo expects its first flight later this year, with first customer deliveries in 2015.

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