European Green Capital 2011: Hamburg. Situated on the banks of the river Elbe, has a population of about 1.8 million -Germany’s second largest city- and it has a strong commitment towards a “green” vision.
Hamburg has the final assembly of the Rear Fuselage (section 16 and 19) and the systems installation of the Forward Fuselage. Section 16-18 manufactured & assembled by Premium Aerotec in Nordenham, Germany is joined to the section 19 manufactured & assembled by Airbus in Getafe, Spain.
European Green Capital 2012: Vitoria-Gasteiz. Founded in 1181 has some 240,000 people currently inhabiting this gem in northern Spain. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Country and it is comprised of concentric circles, with the city itself at centre. The “Green Belt”, a semi-natural green area surrounds the centre and brings nature into the city.
The assembly of the Rudder and the Elevators is done by Tier1 Aernnova Aerospace, with headquarters in Vitoria-Gasteiz, delivering them directly to Airbus plants of Stade and Getafe.
European Green Capital 2013: Nantes. Situated on the Loire River, close to the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a green wonder of western France. It is France’s sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising some 600,000 inhabitants. In 2004, Time Magazine named Nantes ‘the most liveable city in Europe’.
The keel beam + air inlet + centre wing box + aft lower shell s15/21 manufacturing and assembly is done in the Airbus plant of Nantes.
These are only three examples of industrial ecoeficient plants involved in A350 XWB program of Airbus and other Tier/suppliers.