Wednesday, August 15, 2012
What airline will be the first to get an A320 rolling off the assembly in Mobile, Ala.? According to Flightglobal, it will be Virgin America. The airline will take delivery of an A320neo from Mobile during the first quarter of 2016. The low-cost carrier will be the U.S. launch customer, and has 30 of the type on order. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/14/12) Airbus said in a July announcement that it's establishing a seven-building, 116-acre assembly line at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex. It will be the first assembly line for Airbus in the United States. Airbus is part of EADS, which also has a helicopter manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss.