The first 'cutting of metal' for the Airbus
A320neo has taken place in Toulouse, France.
Marking the start of manufacturing of the
airliner, machining began of the first engine pylon component at
the Saint-Eloi Airbus dedicated pylon and nacelle factory in
Pylons are structures which hold the engine to
the wing. The new pylon for the A320neo retains high commonality
with the existing A320’s pylon design, while also incorporating
more titanium as well as some advanced architectures developed for
the A380 pylon. In addition, the new component also features an
advanced ‘aft-pylon-fairing’ concept specifically tailored for the
more fuel efficient NEO engines.
Tom Williams, Executive
Vice President of Programmes at Airbus said, “This first metal cut
of the engine pylon component for the A320neo heralds the
completion of the design phase and start of production for the
world’s fastest selling airliner. We are excited to be already
starting manufacture of the world most eco-efficient single-aisle
The Airbus Saint-Eloi site is specialised
in the design, manufacturing, assembly, equipping and testing of
engine pylons and design and manufacturing of titanium nacelle
parts for all the aircraft in the Airbus family.
latest efficient ‘moving-line’ lean-production concept, the
facility is also the leading European centre for hard metals
machining and transformation, including titanium.
A320neo ‘new engine option’ for the A320 Family will enter into
service from late 2015. It incorporates latest generation engines
Sharklet wing-tip devices, which
Airbus says will, together with the new
engines, deliver up to 15% in fuel savings.
Airbus has received more
than 1,400 firm orders for the A320neo Family since its launch in
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