01 January 2013

Aerospace industry is green. Last 3 European Green Capitals have production facilities of the A350 XWB

The European Green Capital is an award that has been conceived to promote and reward the efforts to resolve environmental challenges of European towns & cities, bringing together commitment and innovation.


European Green Capital 2011: Hamburg. Situated on the banks of the river Elbe, has a population of about 1.8 million -Germany’s second largest city- and it has a strong commitment towards a “green” vision.
Hamburg has the final assembly of the Rear Fuselage (section 16 and 19) and the systems installation of the Forward Fuselage. Section 16-18 manufactured & assembled by Premium Aerotec in Nordenham, Germany is joined to the section 19 manufactured & assembled by Airbus in Getafe, Spain.


European Green Capital 2012: Vitoria-Gasteiz. Founded in 1181 has some 240,000 people currently inhabiting this gem in northern Spain. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Basque Country and it is comprised of concentric circles, with the city itself at centre. The “Green Belt”, a semi-natural green area surrounds the centre and brings nature into the city.

The assembly of the Rudder and the Elevators is done by Tier1 Aernnova Aerospace, with headquarters in Vitoria-Gasteiz, delivering them directly to Airbus plants of Stade and Getafe.

European Green Capital 2013: Nantes. Situated on the Loire River, close to the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a green wonder of western France. It is France’s sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising some 600,000 inhabitants. In 2004, Time Magazine named Nantes ‘the most liveable city in Europe’.

The keel beam + air inlet + centre wing box + aft lower shell s15/21 manufacturing and assembly is done in the Airbus plant of Nantes.


These are only three examples of industrial ecoeficient plants involved in A350 XWB program of Airbus and other Tier/suppliers.

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