Airbus Set to Deliver First Alabama-Made A220 Jetliner, Marks Five Years in Mobile

| September 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Julie Johnsson

Airbus SE is preparing to deliver its first U.S.-made A220 jetliner to Delta Air Lines Inc. as soon as this month, a milestone that comes as the airplane manufacturer marks five years in Alabama where it has had more than a $1 billion economic impact.

Since opening a plant in 2015 in Mobile, Airbus has used it to make more than 180 planes from its other narrow-body family – the A320 – for U.S. customers. Those aircraft have subsequently flown 60 million passengers 500 million miles, Airbus said.

“When we announced our intent to build A320 family aircraft in the United States, and to locate that facility in Mobile, Alabama, we also stated our intent to be a good neighbor, to create jobs and opportunities, and to help strengthen the U.S. aerospace industry,” Jeffrey Knittel, chief executive officer of Airbus Americas, said. “Five years later, we have become a major economic driver in creating an aerospace hub on the Gulf Coast.”

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