Wednesday, February 8, 2017
A320neo assembly expanding
Airbus is aiming to begin final assembly of A320neos at its Chinese plant in Tianjin around mid-year, with production at its Mobile, Ala., line at the end of 2017. The designation "neo" stands for new engine option, a more fuel-efficient engine. At the Airbus plants in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany, the manufacture of A320neo is already underway. Airbus gave the schedule estimates for Tianjin and Mobile – without identifying specific months – having delivered a total of 70 A320neos by the end of January this year. (Source: FlightGlobal, 02/07/17) Note: The A320 series plant in Alabama is at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. It delivered its first jetliner, an A321 with the current engine option (ceo), in 2016.