Of course, otherwise the -1000 cannot be assembled.
I don't think the new bays in stations S50, S40 and S30 are only for the -1000 ? All of the bay's in these three stations should be able to do either -900 or -1000s. The new bays will be mainly used this year for the ramp up of the -900 from 5 - 7 per month. This year there will probably only be 6 or 7 -1000s going thru the FAL.
Eventually the new bays will be used for the -900 as well. For now, they are exclusive used for the -1000 prototypes. In case something goes wrong on the -1000, it won't halt the -900 assembly process.
1) I didn't know that 'Airbus had four Station 40 zones ... but previously two of these had been acting as Station 30 points ...'. I'd assumed that all had been functioning as 40s or were waiting to do so as ramp-up occurred.
2) I think this must be a typo wrt Station 50 in the last paragraph of the article: 'The company has previously indicated that a further A350 line extension could introduce a third Station 50 and fifth Station 30' since there are already 3 Station 50s.
STATION 50 AGAIN My apologies but I still don't see the maths. When the first 1000 left Station 50, 10 days or so ago perhaps, the production list on sites.google.com/site/a350xwbproduction/production-list suggests that this 3rd station 50 has been empty since and yet there is John Leahy wanting more deliveries and Airbus wishing to ramp up. So it seems to me that it must be the parts arriving into Station 59 that remains the rate-limiting step to increased production at this stage (unless staffing is also an issue). Does that deduction make sense? I'm happy to be educated!
Airbus has designed and built a new painting plant for the A350 XWB in St. Nazaire in France. Is this only designed in St. Nazaire and will be moved to Toulouse or will Airbus paint some A350 in St. Nazaire? Any information available?