Jetblue takes delivery of first US-built Airbus A321

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 26, 2016
Jetblue chief executive Robin Hayes takes delivery of the first aircraft from the Airbus final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama. (Airbus)
Jetblue chief executive Robin Hayes takes delivery of the first aircraft from the Airbus final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama. (Airbus)

Airbus’s newest final assembly line has delivered its first aircraft, with US carrier Jetblue accepting an A321 –named BluesMobile – from the manufacturer’s new Mobile, Alabama facility on Monday.

Mobile is one of four Airbus final assembly lines alongside Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin, China.

The facility is expected to reach a delivery rate of four A320 Family aircraft a month by the end of 2017, Airbus says. There are currently nine aircraft in various stages of final assembly at Mobile, which can handle both the current engine option (ceo) and new engine option (neo) versions of the A320 series.

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“I am immensely proud to be here to participate in this first delivery from Mobile,” Airbus chief operating officer for customers John Leahy said in a statement.

“Going from breaking ground on this facility three years ago to handing over the first Alabama-produced A321 today is an amazing accomplishment.”

The Mobile plant was officially opened in September 2015.

Airbus also has defence, engineering and helicopter facilities and training centres located at various sites across the United States.

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The first delivered aircraft at the Airbus final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama. (Airbus)
The first delivered aircraft from the Airbus final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama. (Airbus)
A Jetblue Airbus A321 takes off from Mobile, Alamama. It is the first aircraft delivery from the Airbus final assembly line. (Airbus)
The first Mobile, Alabama-produced Airbus aircraft takes off. (Airbus)

2 Comments

  • rpaps5

    says:

    Well Done!! Airbus Alabama – the first of many

  • Chris

    says:

    This is where the USAF KC-30’s were to built if they won the tender.

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