Finnair’s first A350 (MSN18) has entered the final assembly line at Toulouse, as Airbus maintains pressure on its ramp-up phase for the type.
This aircraft is set to be the first of 19 that Finnair is ordering. Final assembly is already underway for additional A350s bound for Qatar Airways (MSN6 to MSN13) as well as Vietnam Airlines(MSN14 to MSN17).
A350 program manager Didier Evrard stated during an investor forum in London that 12 customer aircraft are in progress at Toulouse, and that the production rate has reached 3 aircraft per month.
Vertical fins up to MSN25 have been manufactured at the facility in Stade while the plant in Getafe has built tail-cone sections up to MSN35 and horizontal stabilizers up to MSN23.
“By having the certification done quickly, we now have a very stable definition that we can safely base our industrial ramp-up on,” says Evrard. This ramp-up will start next year.
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Based on the article “Twelve customer A350s in final assembly” published in Flight Global.