Friday, September 15, 2017

Airbus Mobile marks milestone

50th shipset includes message from Europe.
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile has reached a key milestone as it has received the 50th shipset of major component assemblies just two years after taking delivery of the first shipset. The components will eventually become the 50th Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S., this one an A321 for Delta Air Lines. A shipset includes front and aft fuselage sections, a vertical and horizontal tailplane, and wings. The components are manufactured in various facilities around Europe using parts and systems from around the world, including the United States. They are brought together and shipped from Hamburg, Germany, to the Port of Mobile and transported by road to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Since production began in 2015, Airbus has delivered 37 aircraft from Mobile to four customers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and Spirit. The facility will produce four aircraft a month by the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition to Mobile, Airbus delivers A320 series aircraft from Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China. (Source: Airbus, 09/15/17)