RUAG supplies first rear fuselage for Airbus long-haul jet

AMJuly21News - RUAG 2
AMJuly21News - RUAG 2

RUAG Aerostructures in Oberpfaffenhofen is supplying Airbus with a first complex fuselage section for its latest long-haul jet, the A321XLR.

The second aft-most fuselage section, which is over 6m long and around 4m high, is home to the new jet's lavatories and rear galley. RUAG Aerostructures already delivered first side and floor elements to Hamburg in the spring.

With the completion of the first section 18/19, RUAG Aerostructures is already delivering the third major structural part for the new jet to Airbus in Hamburg.

The fuselage’s second rear section is weighing over one ton, measuring 6 meters in length and just under 4 meters in height. This forms the basis for the rear exits as well as the lavatories and galley. The main innovation of this fuselage section is the ability to accommodate larger tanks for drinking and service water, in order to make the flight times of over eight hours for passengers as comfortable as possible.

André Wall, CEO of RUAG International, commented: "Thanks to our many years of experience in aircraft structure construction, we were able to respond flexibly and at short notice to design improvements. The higher take-off weight, also due to the additional fuel tanks, posed special challenges for the design of the aircraft structural components. A top performance by the entire Aerostructures team."

All three RUAG Aerostructures sites are involved in the production of the large assemblies for the new Airbus A321XLR. The upper side shells of the aircraft fuselage, the rear fuselage and floor structure, the tail spar and the pressure dome are produced in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Individual small components are manufactured in Emmen, Switzerland. At the plant in Eger, Hungary, which recently received EASA Part-21 certification, the floor structures as well as the lower side shells including the landing gear well are manufactured.


RUAG International [**]


Related Articles

Sonaca Montreal boosts capacity with Fives Liné Machines

Sonaca Montreal is a world leader in the manufacture of large aluminium aerostructure components for commercial and business aviation. The company’s core values include customer focus, innovation and operational excellence which it achieves in part through select partnerships.
3 years ago News

Aertec Solutions leads new European R&D project

Aertec Solutions says it is participating as a Core Partner in the Clean Sky 2 Programme within the consortium set up to carry out the PASSARO (caPAbilities for innovative Structural and functional teSting of AeROstructures) project.
3 years ago News
Most recent Articles

Web Industries to offer webinar at SmallSat 2021

Web Industries, a precision formatter of flexible materials for space and aerospace applications, will offer an informative webinar for space and satellite companies at Small Satellite Conference 2021, August 7-12.
21 minutes ago News

UK major players set to take centre stage at this year’s Subcon

Make UK CEO, Stephen Phipson CBE will present a state of the industry address at Subcon this September, one of many highlights of this year’s conference programme that also includes sessions on sustainability, e-vehicles, additive manufacturing, industrialising innovation, managing the cost of supply chain disruption and the skills gap.
18 hours ago News