Nicolas transport for Airbus

By Laura Hatton23 May 2014

Components from an A 330/340, A 350 and A380 Airbus have been moved with help from a model MDEL from

Components from an A 330/340, A 350 and A380 Airbus have been moved with help from a model MDEL from specialized trailer manufacturer Nicolas

Components from an A 330/340, A 350 and A380 Airbus airliners were moved with help from an MDEL type specialized trailer from manufacturer Nicolas.

The components, including 12 tonne wing sections measuring 8 x 8 metres, were transported from Nantes to St Nazaire in France.

The MDEL has a 20 tonne axle load capacity, 680 mm of axle compensation and a maximum steering angle of 60 degrees. To ensure even load distribution, an adaptable vehicle body was used. On arrival in St Nazaire, the components were move using a roll-on roll-off procedure.

Sebastien Porteu, Nicolas managing director, said, “The fact that the fourth MDEL is now in service at Airbus, speaks volumes for the excellent product quality. We have accomplished a great deal in recent years and a lot of production processes, quality management and customer service have been completely restructured.”

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