Airbus on Monday unveiled the first fully assembled A321neo at the company’s new assembly line in Toulouse, southern France.
The aircraft belongs to Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines, which already has 39 A321neo in its fleet.
The Toulouse final assembly line was located in the place where the A380, the largest passenger aircraft in history, was produced.
The double-decker jet was discontinued in December 2021 after 251 units left Toulouse.
Airbus decided to transform the space at its headquarters into another final assembly line for the A320neo family, given the great demand for the aircraft.
Currently, the single-aisle jet is assembled in Hamburg, Germany, Tianjin, China, Mobile, the United States and now Toulouse.
As of October, Airbus had more than 6,750 A320neo family aircraft pending delivery. Of this total, 4,349 were A321neo (64%), a model that has attracted many orders due to its large passenger capacity and autonomy.
The European planemaker’s goal is to produce 75 A320neo series jets per month from 2026.