Mobile - The new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama has just reached a symbolic milestone. The 50th aircraft of the A320 family has just been delivered, less than two years after the first delivery. This aircraft was delivered to Delta Air Lines.
The American airline operator has received the MSN7943 registered as N331DN during a ceremony bringing together Delta and Airbus Mobile employees.
With this delivery, Mobile plant of Airbus reaches its goal of producing four A320 Family aircraft per month.
The 50th delivery is a source of pride not only for our team here at Mobile, but also for tens of thousands of employees among the hundreds of US suppliers who contribute to these devices,said Allan McArtor, chairman, and president at Airbus Americas.
We announced in 2012 that we would build Airbus aircraft in the United States for our US-based customers. We delivered the first plane in 2016, and today we are celebrating the 50th. We met our initial schedule, and we fulfilled our commitments to our customers, our suppliers and the region,he added.
Airbus expects to increase its worldwide production rate of the A320 family to 60 aircraft per month from mid-2019. Airbus single-aisle aircraft are also assembled in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China). A production increase at the Mobile plant is currently under discussion, the European manufacturer said last week after a giant Delta order for 100 A321neo.
As of the end of November 2017, the company received 122 A321 orders from the airline operators across the world, and about half has been delivered from the Mobile plant.
Airbus expects a demand for some 4,700 single-aisle aircraft (concerning all aircraft manufacturers) over the next 20 years in North America.