|The A350 XWB in flight. Photo: Airbus|
[Avionics Today 09-24-2014] UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business has formally inaugurated a new building dedicated exclusively to production of thrust reversers and the integration of nacelle systems for the Airbus A350 XWB at its Toulouse, France site. The opening of the building, operated by Goodrich Aerospace Europe, features a robotic thrust reverser assembly line.
The new building is adjacent to the existing production facility, which is a final assembly and integration site for the nacelle systems on several Airbus programs, including the A320 family. The nacelle systems for the A350 XWB, the largest nacelle ever built by the Aerostructures business, will contribute to the expected lower fuel consumption offered by the new twinjet. The new building includes a 50,000-square-foot thrust reverser robotic production area with a moving assembly line, a paint shop with an infrared curing tunnel and office space for support functions.