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Ascent Aerospace awarded Airbus Beluga assembly line integration contract

News International-French

30 Jul 2015

The Beluga XL is an A330 heavily modified to transport large, oversized aerostructure components from Airbus supplier facilities to the Beluga XL final assembly line in Toulouse, France.

Ascent Aerospace, an AIP Aerospace Company, announced that its Ascent Integration & Automation Group has been awarded a contract by Airbus for the Beluga XL Final Assembly Station.

Under this contract Ascent Integration – European Operations, will manage the design, integration, build and installation of the equipment and tooling necessary to assemble this aircraft.

Ascent Integration will be responsible for providing a “turnkey” integrated assembly system incorporating all the assembly jigs, work platforms, transport systems, laser metrology, and tools required to assemble the new Beluga XL.

While only five aircraft will be converted, the assembly system must deliver the efficiency, accuracy and worker safety levels required by Airbus. The contract will conducted from April 2015 to November 2017.

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