American takes delivery of the first Alabama-built Airbus A321

American takes delivery of the first Alabama-built Airbus A321

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N105NN (msn 5904) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925666.

The first delivery of an A321 aircraft (N162AA) from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to American Airlines took place on May 17, in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and American Airlines and representatives of the more than 350 employees at the facility.

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today, an American Airlines A321, successfully had its first flight on April 19, 2016.

Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

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