Nearly 11,500 people are employed at sites in Toulouse, where the company´s headquarters are located. The final assembly of Airbus aircraft takes place in Toulouse as well, except for the A318, A319 and A321 aircraft (whose final assembly takes place in Germany). A new final assembly line has been built especially for the A380. It is one of the largest construction jobs of its kind in the world, and was named after late Jean-Luc Lagardère, former co-chairman of Airbus' main shareholder, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). Final assembly of Airbus aircraft includes joining the forward, centre and aft fuselage sections, mating the wings to the fuselage; following stage is the installation of the horizontal tail plane, fin, engine pylons, landing gear and engines. Integration of the systems in the cockpit, plus system tests, also are carried out, including avionics, electrical, hydraulic, flight control, air conditioning, fuel tank pressurization and landing gear.
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