Posted on: 08 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Airbus has assembled the engine pylon for the first A320neo to take in the flight test programme.
The pylon, which has just been completed at the dedicated pylon facility in St Eloi in Toulouse, is the first major airframe component assembly to take place for the A320neo family programme.
In parallel with this pylon construction, other major NEO components and subassemblies will shortly be taking shape in factories across various countries. In Hamburg, the centre wing-box will soon arrive fromNantes to be integrated with the fuselage, and also the rear fuselage will begin assembly there. In St Nazaire, the forward fuselage will begin assembly in January 2014.
Overall progress on the first A320neo is on track for aircraft final assembly to start in spring 2014, followed by the aircraft making its first flight next autumn.