How Airbus Gathers the A380 Parts Together for Assembly

The Airbus Group A380 production is a massive undertaking, assembled in Jean Luc Lagardere Plant, which is in at Toulouse Blagnac Airport located in France. The parts are shipped from all over Europe to be assembles at the plant and sent for orders. The aircraft wings are made in Wales, the rear fuselage is made in Hamburg along with the vertical tail fin, the forward and center fuselage are made in France, the horizontal tail is made in Spain.

The aircraft has over 4 million parts made by 1500 companies from more than 30 countries around the world. These parts are massive components and is difficult to transport. However, this is how it is done. The first order was made by Singapore airlines in 2007, and since then they have made over 200 aircraft.

One of the most amazing things about the Airbus is that they have their own army of ships to ship all of these components to be assembled. 3 boats to be exact and are even customized to their needs for transporting aircraft parts. Six of the major components of the aircraft are transported by boat, only one is done by aircraft, the vertical tailfin inside a Airbus A300-600ST otherwise known as the Beluga. This plane still isn’t large enough to transport the other 6 major parts. These boats make a 8 day journey travelling 335 kilometers through the rivers in Europe. Once the parts are delivered by boat, they need to hit the road, they only travel at night when traffic is low due to the massive size of the parts and the truck that moves them. One of the most amazing things that a road was built for these transports, so that the cargo transport isn’t disturbing towns people in rural France.

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