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Airbus Commences Structural Assembly of First A321XLR

: May 25, 2021 - : 5:40 am

Airbus’ manufacturing partner Premium Aerotec has delivered the first fully equipped Rear Centre Tank to Airbus’ major component assembly facility in Hamburg.

“It’s a major milestone for the A321XLR programme,” said said Martin Schnoor, Head of A321 XLR Programme Development Airframe Programme. “The teams can be proud of this achievement and the overall speed of industrialization. We are on track with our planning. The pilot line dedicated to the A321XLR is ready and waiting to operate the assembly phases for the first flight test aircraft, all the way through to the entry into service. ”

The RCT, which is unique to the new long-range A321XLR, is a permanently installed high-capacity fuel tank that makes maximum volumetric use of the aircraft’s lower fuselage. Integrated in fuselage Sections 15 and 17 and located behind the main landing gear bay it holds up to 13,100 litres, which is more fuel than several Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) combined could previously hold in the A321 aircraft Family.

In the coming weeks, the teams will finalize the integration of the RCT module into section 17, with the structural assembly of the second flight test aircraft. The equipment assembly phase of the first aircraft is planned in the autumn, followed by a dedicated period for flight test equipment installation.

The A321XLR will provide airlines with a range of up to 4,700nm and a 30% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat compared with previous-generation aircraft. The entry into service is planned in 2023.


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