Airbus (Toulouse) issued this statement and photo:
Airbus A320 family aircraft production in the U.S. is on schedule to begin this summer as the large aircraft components for the first U.S.-produced aircraft today depart from the port in Hamburg, Germany, bound for Mobile, Alabama. The major component assemblies (MCAs) consist of the wings produced in the UK, the rear fuselage section produced in Germany including the tail cone (produced in Spain), and the forward fuselage section, including the cockpit produced in France, all of which contain parts from all over the world. The horizontal (from Spain) and vertical (from Germany) stabilisers are also on board. The first aircraft is an A321ceo destined for delivery to JetBlue in 2016.
Airbus established the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft to meet the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. It is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, and the fourth in the network which includes Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.
Approximately 200 employees, including some from Mobile who are training in Hamburg, celebrated this first shipment in a ceremony held today to launch the cargo ship, in the presence of the U.S. Consul General in Hamburg, Nancy Corbett. Traditional songs from all four European Airbus nations and the U.S. were played as the ship, bearing German and U.S. flags, and flags of the city state of Hamburg and the state of Alabama, sailed off.
Jet Airways‘ (Mumbai) flight 9W 117 from London (Heathrow) to Mumbai flew over the busy German airspace without radio contact on March 13, five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 disappeared. Boeing 777-35R VT-JEG (msn 35163) was flown for 30 minutes without positive radio contact from the cockpit crew.
Both pilots, who failed to notice they had lost air traffic control radio contact, were suspended by the company.
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Previously the airline on February 12, 2014 had inaugurated flights from the new international integrated terminal T2 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on this route to London Heathrow.
Jet Airways’ flight 9W 118 from Mumbai to London Heathrow became the first international flight to take off at 1320 from India’s most new, modern and spacious Terminal 2.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 777-35R ER N834BA became VT-JEL (msn 36563) on delivery.
Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) has announced it will be flying from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP). Flights will depart on Mondays and Thursdays with Boeing 767-300 aircraft from June 26 until September 11, 2014.
Besides MSP, Condor flies to Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Seattle/Tacoma (SEA), Anchorage (ANC), Calgary (YYC), Fairbanks (FAI), Halifax (YHZ), Toronto (Pearson) (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and Whitehorse (YXY) in North America.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-330 D-ABUB (msn 26987) decorated with the extra Janosch markings featuring Kastenfrosch and Tigerente, arrives in Munich. D-ABUB also carries the new Thomas Cook “Sunny Heart” tail logo.