Airbus has celebrated the completion and rolling out of their first A321neo assembled in Toulouse, France.
The first unit will be delivered to Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish airline. The A321neo was completed specifically at the Jean-Luc Lagardère facility.
Airbus’ Big Decision For The A321neo
The European manufacturer’s decision to begin producing these A321neos in Toulouse was labelled significant. Ultimately, it was a move that followed much deliberation.
In 2019, Airbus decided to close production in the coming years on its A380. The world’s largest passenger plane had left its mark within the industry but also largely struggled to attract firm interest.
Thanks to the type’s sheer size, there were immediate questions about how the plane maker would allocate such ample space for future usage.
In the end, Airbus concluded that the fast-selling A321neo series would move into the A380s space where a FAL or Final Assembly Line would be inaugurated.
According to a Reuters report, by 2026, the expectation was that 700 jobs would be created thanks to the new FAL.
Strong Interest For A321neo
Airbus has enjoyed a substantial amount of interest in its A321neo variants recently. The plane maker has continued to market the series and secure orders.
The upcoming launch of the A321XLR provides another option for customers seeking to advance. Airbus adding range to this variant enhances the capabilities significantly.
The A321neo series, per analysts, presents an excellent opportunity for airlines worldwide. However, most note that the lack of suitable competitor aircraft from Boeing has helped the plane maker succeed with it.
Current order data indicates that the A321neo series has thousands of unfilled orders. As a result, Airbus will be continuously working through this backlog for many years.
Adding a new FAL should help the planemaker as it looks to seize more of the market.