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Hamburg's new baby: the Airbus A 350

At the 2014 ILA Berlin Air Show, the Europeam aircraft manufacturer presented its newest jetliner: A350 XWB. Its appearance underscored the company’s important industrial, engineering and research ties to the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

With more than 15,500 people working directly for Airbus and its owned subsidiaries in the Hamburg Metropolitan Area, the northern German region and its three sites are major contributors to Airbus’ cornerstone A300 jetliner.

Hamburg – competence centre for fuselage and cabin

Quintessential to Airbus’ activities in northern Germany is Hamburg. Here, the structural assembly and equipping of fuselage sections for the A350 XWB, A330, A380 and A320 Family jetliners take place at the Hamburg-Finkenwerder plant. This site also is home to the final assembly line where approximately half of all A320-series aircraft are assembled, painted and delivered each year to customers around the world.

Cabin outfitting is another specialty of Hamburg in its role as the centre of competence for fuselage and cabins, and where a new Customer Definition Centre (CDC) dedicated to the A350 XWB recently was inaugurated. Hamburg is the location as well for a large spares facility and 24-hour call centre at the service of Airbus customers and operators.

Stade – experts for weight-saving

Stade is one of the world’s leading centres for the application of weight-saving composite CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) materials. It produces the A350 XWB upper wing shell – the largest integrated carbon fibre component ever made by Airbus – along with the A350 XWB vertical tail plane, CFRP fuselage shells, as well as flaps for A320 Family aircraft and A330 spoilers, among other components.

Buxtehude: communications systems of today and tomorrow

On-board electronic communications management systems used by crew and passengers are designed and produced at Airbus’ Buxtehude site in Germany, including passenger seat service units and the cabin intercommunication data system (CIDS) that controls cabin functions. Also at Buxtehude is Airbus’ KID-SYSTEME GmbH subsidiary, which creates systems for in-seat power supply and cabin connectivity.
Research, technology and development work in Germany also has a key place in Airbus’ innovation and development.


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