Airbus has completed the delivery of the first aircraft built at its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, to JetBlue. The A321 jetliner delivered to JetBlue completed its maiden flight on 21 March, 2016.
“Going from breaking ground on this facility three years ago to handing over the first Alabama-produced A321 today is an amazing accomplishment. It’s a testament to how well executed this project was and how strong the teamwork has been here in Mobile and throughout Airbus,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers.
“The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has brought together all the best aspects of our other assembly lines around the world, and it shows how Airbus people work hand in hand with our partners to deliver great aircraft to our customers,” he added.
Airbus had announced its intention to build a single-aisle assembly facility in 2012 and less than one year later broke ground on the US$ 600 million facility, which was completed and inaugurated in September 2015.
Nine other A320 Family aircraft are in production at the facility and as per plans; Airbus plans to deliver four jetliners a month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017.
The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.