Mobile - Almost one year after the delivery of 50th Airbus A320neo from Mobile plant, Airbus has now delivered the 100th aircraft to the US carrier Frontier Airlines.
Frontier's new single-aisle (MSN8580) is powered by two LEAP 1A turbofans from CFM International. The aircraft registered N343FR flew from Mobile to Tampa in Florida on December 11, where it will be stationed.
Like all Frontier Airlines aircraft, this A320neo has animal motif on the vertical tail, two Mustangs named Meadow and West. The plane is configured to accommodate 180 passengers. The airline operates a fleet of 81 Airbus A320 family aircraft: nine A319, 31 A320neo, 20 A320, and 20 A321.
The factory currently produces four Airbus A320 family aircraft per month. The jets assembled there have so far gone exclusively to the US operators. Besides Frontier Airlines, Air Lease Corporation, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Spirit Airlines have also received jetliners from the Airbus's Mobile plant in Alabama.
Airbus opened the facility In September 2015. The manufacturer is capable of assembling all members of the A320 family single-aisles there that are mainly intended for the US carriers.
Airbus aims to increase its production rate of the A320 family jets through local Final Assembly Lines. Apart from Toulouse, Airbus has also assembly lines in Hamburg Finkenwerder-Germany and Tianjin-China.