Inside the workshops
The final assembly of the various planes takes place either in Toulouse, Airbus France’s main factory, or in the German Airbus plant of Hamburg. Here in Saint-Nazaire you have the unique occasion of seeing the planes unlike passengers ever can: watch the rivets being lined up on a fuselage, see the portholes being built in, observe the high-precision work done in the cockpits…
With some luck you might even see the big cargo plane Beluga, the « flying whale ». It regularly lands at Saint-Nazaire to pick up fuselage sections which are taken to Toulouse or Hamburg. Not all of the sections take the Beluga, though: those of the A380 are too big even for the voluminous cargo hold of the airlifter. They leave Saint-Nazaire on a special ship.
|The guided tour of the Airbus factory has obtained the national quality award “Qualité Tourisme”.|