Airbus has reached a significant milestone with the delivery of its first Airbus A321neo manufactured on the new A320 family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.
The aircraft delivered to Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines represents the inaugural delivery of Airbus’ latest production unit, housed in the former A380 “Jean-Luc Lagardère” building.
Until 2021, the four-engine A380, the largest commercial aircraft ever developed, was assembled at the site.
With the end of production, Airbus adapted the old facilities to accommodate the growing demand for A320neo aircraft, aligning with market trends favoring more fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.
The A321neo is the largest model in the Airbus A320neo family, known for its extended range and performance capabilities. Equipped with new generation engines and Sharklets, the aircraft presents a 50% reduction in noise emissions and a reduction of more than 20% in fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions compared to its predecessors.
The aircraft is currently the most commercially successful in Airbus history, with 5,613 firm orders as of November.
Pegasus Airlines, a low-cost airline, currently operates 93 Airbus aircraft, including 6 A320ceo, 46 A320neo and 41 A321neo, with an additional 68 A321neos on order.
The new final assembly line in Toulouse will now operate together with other A320 Family FALs in Hamburg, Mobile and Tianjin, aiming to achieve the goal of manufacturing 75 A320 Family aircraft monthly by 2026.