JetSMART takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo ‘Made in Alabama’

JetSMART, the South American ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) operating in Chile, Argentina and Peru, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo produced in Airbus’ U.S.-based manufacturing site in Mobile, Alabama. The airline is the first South American carrier to take delivery of an aircraft produced at the site.

JetSMART is an all-Airbus ULCC developed by Indigo Partners. Today, it operates 25 A320 family aircraft, including nine A320neo and five A321neo.

In 2017, JetSMART signed a purchase agreement for 70 A320neo and 6 A320ceo aircraft.

It received its first A320neo in October 2019 and formalized an order for 12 A321XLRs that same year.

In 2021, JetSMART announced an additional order for 23 additional NEO aircraft.In 2015, Mobile, Alabama became home to Airbus’ first U.S.-based commercial aircraft manufacturing facility.

From an initial workforce of around 250 producing A320 Family aircraft, today the facility employs more than 1,600 people and produces both A320 and A220 Family aircraft. To date, more than 400 aircraft have been delivered to 14 customers.