Seeing is believing!
In September 2015, Airbus opened the A320 Family jetliner Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama - officially called the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The assembly line is the company's first U.S. based production facility. Tours of the assembly line will provide a bird's eye view of the manufacturing marvel, the Airbus A320. Tour guides will explain the sequence of the assembly process and recognize the partners involved.
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The largest and most visible building on the Airbus campus is the Final Assembly Line Hangar.
The assembly of aircraft is based on the flowline principle. There are four static workstations arranged one after the other, through which the aircraft moves (flows) on its way to completion.
Viewing the assembly of an Airbus aircraft can be a riveting experience. Airbus team members join the forward and aft fuselage sections together with more than 3,000 rivets. As the assembly continues, guests will witness aircraft parts transform into amazing flying machines.
Wings & Engines
See teamwork at its finest. Using high-precision electronic instruments, Airbus team members position the 4.5-ton wings on the fuselage and attach by using approximately 1,200 rivets. Engines are added, landing gear installed, and the plane moves forward. Once the horizontal and vertical stabilizers are added, the plane is ready for the auxiliary power unit (APU) for its first "Power On."
As the aircraft moves forward, it's time to paint in the customer's livery (colors). Then the Final Phase begins - the cabin is completely furnished, quality inspections begin, and pre-flight checks completed. At this point, the aircraft is given the "go-ahead" for its first flight.
Following the aircraft's first flight, the aircraft is ready for delivery to the customer. The customer's pilots will join the Airbus delivery team for acceptance and review. Then, the transfer of title will take place and the customer becomes the owner of a new aircraft proudly made in Mobile, Alabama, USA!