http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.28Change: -0.13
R/$ = 12.14Change: -0.07
Au 1188.45 $/ozChange: 1.85
Pt 1116.50 $/ozChange: -3.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 23, 2012

Company Announcement: French Prime Minister inaugurates A350 XWB Final Assembly Line

Back
Expertise|Toulouse|Airbus|Aluminium|Aviation|Building|Concrete|Design|France|Aircraft Manufacturer|Energy|Maintenance|Fabrice Br|Jean-Marc Ayrault|A300|A350 XWB
Expertise||Aluminium|Aviation|Building|Concrete|Design||Energy|Maintenance||
expertise|toulouse|airbus|aluminium|aviation|building|concrete|design|france|aircraft-manufacturer|energy|maintenance|fabrice-br|jeanmarc-ayrault|a300|a350-xwb
Download PDF
Airbus (0.11 MB)
 

French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrice Brégier this morning officially inaugurated the 74,000 square-metre A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL), in Toulouse, France. At full production, the FAL will employ some 1,500 people who will build up to ten aircraft a month as from 2018. The ceremony, held inside the FAL, was attended by French political representatives, regional officials representatives from other Airbus home governments, as well as Airbus customers, suppliers, top executives and over 1,000 employees. “Innovation is deeply rooted in our DNA and this is fully demonstrated on the A350 XWB, the world’s newest, most advanced airliner. Today we honour Roger Béteille, an exceptional aviation pioneer and we name the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line after him, one of our industry’s greatest innovators,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO.

“It is a great honour for me to have my name associated with this magnificent, state of the art A350 Final Assembly Line, “said Roger Béteille. “Airbus’ success is a concrete example of how European partners working hand in hand can achieve incredible things together and this has been an essential ingredient to becoming the world’s largest and premier aircraft manufacturer.” Guests at the ceremony were able to see the A350 XWB coming to life, with the first two aircraft (the static aircraft and the first flyable aircraft, MSN1) at different stages of final assembly. The static aircraft, which will be used solely for ground tests, has nearly completed assembly, with a full fuselage, two wings and the vertical tail plane joined. The aircraft will be transferred to the static test hangar at the Toulouse Jean-Luc Lagardère site to be prepared for static tests to start in spring 2013. The first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) is also progressing well, with the fuselage already joined. The wing, vertical and horizontal tail plane for MSN1 are inside the FAL and will be joined to the fuselage in early November.

Béteille was one of Airbus’ four founding fathers. He was instrumental in the development of fly by wire flight controls, one of Airbus’ key innovations which has since become the industry standard. Béteille’s was also responsible for the introduction of the world’s first two engine wide-body aircraft, the A300 which performed its first flight 40 years ago. With the inauguration of this new FAL, Airbus celebrates the world’s newest generation two engine wide-body aircraft, the A350 XWB. The A350 XWB final assembly line covers an area equivalent to nearly 300 tennis courts and the roof is partially covered in 22,000 square metres of photovoltaic solar panelling producing more than half of the building’s energy needs.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all new family of mid-size wide-body airliners. These highly efficient aircraft bring together the latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies to provide up to 25 percent better fuel efficiency and operating costs compared to current aircraft in the same size category. Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The aircraft’s innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. The A350 XWB benefits from Airbus’ high level of expertise in incorporating composite material into its aircraft.

Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Announcements News
The South African coatings industry's global competitiveness has taken a hard knock in the past year, says Terry Ashmore, chairman of the SA Paint Manufacturers Association. Delivering his 2014-15 Chairman's Report at the recent SAPMA annual general meeting in...
Africa Finance Corporation has received the African Banker Infrastructure Deal of the Year Award for its role in financing and developing the US$900 million Kpone Independent Power Project which reached financial close in December 2014. Unveiled in January at a...
A new multi-disciplinary medical facility including a day surgery hospital and primary care centre is set to open at Century City in July adding to the wide bouquet of amenities now available in this burgeoning city within a city. The R70million medical facility is a...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 3 minutes ago There are growing indications that the South Africa government is seeking to change gears in the area of black economic empowerment (BEE), with the departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Economic Development planning to leverage public procurement, incentive...
Updated 3 minutes ago Eskom said on Friday there was currently no planned load shedding as it had enough generating capacity to meet the demand. This follows the first full day without load shedding in a month after Eskom resumed power cuts on April 29, breaking a five-day streak of no...
Updated 20 minutes ago Major global aircraft manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft is maintaining a steady course. "I don't have any big news, good or bad," company President and CEO Fabrice Bregier told international aviation journalists in Toulouse, France, on Thursday. "We're in...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Updated 7 hours ago While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa...
Updated 7 hours ago LSM Distributors has contracted engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa to undertake the R100-million restoration of the 54-year-old Kyalami racetrack, situated in Midrand. The restoration will assist in re-establishing it as a venue for...
Updated 7 hours ago South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence...
Updated 7 hours ago The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2008. The relatively young portfolio has 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent according to the 2014 AfDB and GEF annual report released...
PAUL SPEAR Training and development should be an integral and proportionate part of the long-term strategy of all companies, regardless of their size
Updated 7 hours ago Investment in South African youth through apprenticeships and learnerships will not only create direct benefits for businesses but will also contribute significantly to job creation and socioeconomic transformation in the country.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96