Airbus replaces the A380 factory in Toulouse with the opening of the A320 final assembly line

Airbus replaces the A380 factory in Toulouse with the opening of the A320 final assembly line

Airbus inaugurated its new A320 Family final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse in front of French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Transport Minister Clément Beaune, Minister of State for Industry Roland Lescure, and Minister of State for Territorial Collectivities and Rural Affairs Dominique Faure, as well as hundreds of Airbus employees.

“The opening of this new final assembly line in Toulouse that can accommodate the A321 marks yet another significant step in the ongoing modernization of our global industrial system. According to Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, “This FAL will support the ongoing production rate ramp-up to 75 A320 Family aircraft per month in 2026 while meeting the increased demand for A321s, which currently represents about 60% of the total A320 Family backlog.”

We welcome this new facility to our global network of final assembly sites, which will also include four FALs in Hamburg, Germany; two in Toulouse, France; two in Mobile, United States; and two in Tianjin, China, all of which can assemble the A321 aircraft.


This most recent A320 Family final assembly line incorporates a number of improvements with the goal of optimizing product quality and efficiency as well as setting new benchmarks for health, safety, and sustainability. These developments include automated logistics for the delivery of parts, lightweight robots for section joining, and digital production control using tablets and smartphones to eliminate the use of paper.


When the first fuselage parts were delivered at the end of 2022, the new FAL, which had been installed in the former A380 “Jean-Luc Lagardère” assembly building, began its starting operations. By the end of the year, an A321 that has been entirely constructed in this facility is anticipated to roll out. Between now and 2025, the industrial site will gradually increase activities, directly employing about 700 workers.

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