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In January 2016, Lufthansa took delivery of the first A320neo Family aircraft to be handed over to an airline operator © Airbus

Ceremony for new Airbus A320 neo

Three big companies in the aviation city of Hamburg have direct links to new, bestselling airbus

Lufthansa took possession of the first Airbus A320neo Friday at a ceremony in Finkenwerder. Hamburg, as the world’s third largest civil aviation location, has played a major role in the remake of the bestselling jet. Three large companies are directly involved in the A320neo and important suppliers like Diehl also count in production of the new model.

Expansion of Hamburg-Finkenwerder location

The Airbus plant in Finkenwerder is the most important, global production location for the A320 family. More than half of all short and medium-haul, full-fledged airbus are produced on the Elbe. A fourth production line is to be added at the plant by 2019. Hamburg’s second-largest aviation employer, Lufthansa Technik AG, will become the first maintenance provider to take possession of the Airbus A320neo. Hamburg Airport will be among the first destinations worldwide to be served by the fuel-efficient jet. The Pratt&Whitney engine is 15 per cent more fuel efficient than today’s comparable models and is also impressive in terms of noise reduction.

Leading role in 3D print and Industry 4.0

Speaking at the handover, Olaf Schulz, Mayor of Hamburg, noted: “Hamburg’s core competencies means it is the first contact point for issues related to sustainable and more efficient aviation. The location is in the top international league in the composite fibres, 3D print or Industry 4.0 sectors.” He added: “The ZAL TechCenter as the Centre for Applied Aviation, Research, Hamburg is presently taking steps to strengthen these competencies sustainably and to expand them. Many innovations will also arise in future by linking research and development.”

Potential for further development and refurbishment

Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Economics Senator, noted: “The first delivery of this innovative aircraft means Airbus and Hamburg have opened wide the door to the future of aviation. The A320neo is, not least, the result of excellent co-operation in our Hamburg Aviation Cluster, creativity and eagerness for innovations by all the involved staff and partners.” The order figures for the new aircraft reflect the potential for further development and refurbishment in existing aircraft.

Hamburg Aviation with over 40,000 qualified employees is one of the biggest centres of civil aviation worldwide. Apart from major players like Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and Hamburg Airport, over 300 suppliers and diverse, technological-scientific institutions contribute their know-how.

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About Hamburg Aviation

Companies, universities, associations, economic authorities and other partners have joined forces to form the Hamburg Aviation Cluster. Together, they are pursuing the goal of launching high-quality products and services for future aviation through networked research and development, which will benefit passengers and set standards in terms of protecting resources.

Hamburg Aviation focuses on five product landscapes: developing and building aircraft and aircraft systems, development and construction of cabins and their systems, optimising aviation services, increasing efficiency of air transport systems as well as air-transport related information and communciation technology.

In 2008, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research named Hamburg Aviation Cluster a top cluster. In 2014, the European Commission’s ECEI initiative awarded Hamburg Aviation with the GOLD Label for Cluster Management Excellence, crowning Hamburg Aviation as one of the best-managed clusters in Europe.

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