Premium AEROTEC begins A350-1000 rear fuselage production

Premium AEROTEC's Augsburg, Germany, facility has begun carbon fiber and tape placement in the manufacture of the rear fuselage shell for the forthcoming A350-1000 XWB twin-aisle jet.

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Aerostructures supplier Premium AEROTEC (Augsburg, Germany) reports that it has begun production for the Airbus A350-1000 XWB, the largest A350 XWB version. At its Augsburg plant, the company is laying the first carbon fiber layers for the rear fuselage shell. In October 2014, Premium AEROTEC launched production for its first A350-­1000 work package at its plant in Nordenham, Germany.

The rear fuselage shell is being manufactured with an MTorres fiber and tape placement machine. The entire rear fuselage section of the aircraft will later be assembled at Airbus in Hamburg, Germany, merging the contributions from Augsburg – both side shells, the rear pressure bulkhead and the floor grid – and other fuselage components.

The head of programs at Premium AEROTEC, Joachim Nägele, says, “From today on, the A350-­1000 is in production at Premium AEROTEC in full scope. As planned, our contributions to the rear fuselage section entered production three months after the front section. Thanks to a great achievement by the entire team and the great cooperation with our customer Airbus, we are well on our way to successfully mastering the industrial ramp­ up. That’s what we are fully focussed on.”

The A350-900 version, which is almost 67m long; the production of the sister model A350-­1000, which is 7m longer, is ramping up.

At its plant in Augsburg, Premium AEROTEC is producing the side shells of the rear fuselage (sections 16/18), the floor structure and the pressure bulkhead. In Nordenham, Premium AEROTEC produces the entire front fuselage (section 13/14). Both the front and the rear fuselage section of the larger A350­-1000 are more than 3m longer than in the -­900.

With the -­1000 version, seveal changes were made: First, for the highly complex door surround, a new CFRP technology solution has been developed in collaboration with Airbus, helping save weight and cost. Further, changes in the tape-laying process have resulted in significant production time savings.