Airbus starts construction on A350 XWB assembly line

  • 19-Jan-2009 10:03 EST
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Airbus on Jan. 14 celebrated the start of construction work on the final assembly line for the A350 XWB, which is scheduled to enter service in 2013. Workers at the 74,000 ft2 factory in Toulouse, France, will mate the fuselage to the wings. New assembly processes will reduce the amount of time it takes from start of final assembly to delivery by about 30%, Airbus says. Photovoltaic roofing will provide much of the electrical energy for the €140 million plant's operation.

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