Mobile, Alabama - Airbus has officially started the construction of the A220 in the United States.
Airbus's smallest jet A220 is gaining popularity in the United States. Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and start-up Moxy Airways have placed orders for more than two hundred Airbus A220 jets.
The A220, which was branded as the Bombardier CSeries before, has so far been built only in Canada. Due to the growing demand in the US and the failed tariff attempt by the U.S. government, Airbus decided to also start a production line in the country after it bought the majority stake of the program.
Airbus already has a Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama for the A320neo family jets are assembled.
The European aircraft manufacturer expects to produce between 40 and 50 A220 jets per year in its Mobile factory.The first aircraft built in this factory will be delivered to Delta Airlines by the end of September 2020.
The airplane has a substantial backlog, whether it be the 220 and the 320 series where we have over a six-year backlog,
said Jeff Knittel, the head of Airbus America.
Some of that from the U.S. airlines is a function of being in Alabama, but some of it is just having the right product at the right time,
Knittel also said.
The A220s have so far accumulated more than 500 firm orders and the manufacturer expects that this momentum will be accelerated by the activation of the new assembly line in the US.