April 25, 2016: The first Airbus A320 family aircraft assembled at the Airbus Mobile (AL) plant was delivered today to jetBlue. The A321ceo, which the airline named BluesMobile, is the first of 10 A321s now in production at the plant. Eight more A321s will be delivered to American Airlines. Spirit Airlines gets the 10th.
Airbus will assemble four A320s a month here by next year, with a capacity for 8/mo.
The delivery marks a milestone for US aerospace. Ever since McDonnell Douglas ceased building commercial airliners after Boeing stopped production of the MD-11 and MD-95/Boeing 717, Boeing has been the only commercial airplane producer in the US. Airbus last year spent $16bn with 400 US suppliers and expects to increase this to $20bn with 500 suppliers in the coming years, said John Leahy, chief operating officer customers for Airbus. The Mobile plant will drive some of this growth.