Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A220 line in Mobile opens

JetBlue A220 in new assembly line. Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has officially inaugurated production activities in a newly-built 270,000 square-foot A220 Final Assembly Line hangar at its Mobile campus. The new hangar, where both A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft can be assembled, took 18 months to build. It has five primary assembly stations where major airframe component assemblies come together for a completed aircraft in a flowline process. Airbus actually began producing its first A220 aircraft  in Mobile, that plane for Delta, in August 2019 using space in an existing A320 Final Assembly Line hangar and newly built support hangars. With the completion of the new hangar, the Airbus production site in Alabama has now officially doubled in size. Airbus also welcomed the first component assemblies destined to become an A220 for JetBlue. JetBlue is the second customer served by the Mobile team, with its first U.S.-made A220 scheduled for delivery in Q4 2020. “The team is excited to start working in their new facility and to welcome a new customer. It’s a strong endorsement from JetBlue in this challenging time,” said Paul Gaskell, president of A220 USA and head of A220 program in Mobile. Airbus paused work in Mobile in early April but brought workers back in early May. (Source: GCAC. 05/19/20) Previous