As a milestone, Airbus employees celebrated the delivery of an A321 to American Airlines at the Mobile plant in Alabama, USA. Paul Oliver, Vice President for Customer Support at Airbus America said the delivery of the 1500th Commercial Aircraft shows the continuing growth of commercial aviation in North America. Airbus America is particularly proud to have handed over the 1500th aircraft to American Airlines. American Airlines is the largest Airbus customer
American Airlines operates more Airbus than any other airline in the world. Since the first delivery of 25 Airbus aircraft in 1988 and 1989, the relationship between the two companies has grown. Meanwhile, American Airlines operates 416 Airbus in their fleet, and 122 are waiting to be delivered in the coming years.
Over the next 20 years, Airbus is forecasting that more than 5900 new aircraft will be needed in North America.
Since September 2015, Airbus has been mainly installing devices of type A321, but also A320, A319 and recently A320neo. In the middle of August, the first A320 took off from Alabama for the first flight. Over the next 20 years, Airbus is forecasting that more than 5900 new aircraft will be needed in North America.
In addition to American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines, and Delta are the major customers of Airbus in the US market. The A320 family is Airbus's best-seller aircraft and also operates with carriers such as Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Spirit, JetBlue and Virgin America.