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.