Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Switzerland-based FACC AG signed a contract with Airbus for the production, as a second source, of Sharklet wing tip devices for the single-aisle A320. FACC also recently won an Airbus contract for the redesign and manufacture of overhead stowage bins, ceiling panels and cove light panels as well as for the manufacture of the aft belly fairings for the A320 family. FACC will produce the components in Ort im Innkreis, Austria. Sharklets are large devices designed by Airbus that are made of light-weight composites and increase fuel efficiency. They are an option on A320 and standard on A320neo models. (Source: Composites World, 07/21/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.