Aerostructures specialist Premium Aerotec has delivered the first fuselage sections for the initial Airbus A320neo flight-test airframe, MSN6101.
Airbus has also confirmed that its Broughton plant in the UK has started building the wings for the first aircraft.
Premium Aerotec manufactures the entire rear section 19 of the A320 family – from the passenger cabin to the tail cone – at its Augsburg facility.
The company also handles construction of large shell structures for the type’s fuselage sections, at its Nordenham plant, and is also responsible for a number of other components.
Although the A320neo’s fuselage is outwardly identical to that of the A320, Premium Aerotec says the loads of all the components have had to be recalculated owing to the larger powerplants on the re-engined variant.
The Nordenham facility began producing the initial A320neo parts in May this year, it adds. The aircraft is of “great importance” to the company’s future business, it says.
Wing manufacture is underway at Broughton, the airframer states. A320neos will be fitted with the reinforced wing which is now a production standard for the current A320, and will feature the airframer's sharklet wing-tips.
Airbus had secured 2,523 firm order for the A320neo by the end of November 2013.