Industry Airbus delivers 100th Mobile made aircraft

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Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced, that its Mobile facility has delivered the 100th aircraft to customer Frontier Airlines.

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The 100th US-built A320 Family aircraft marks yet another milestone for the manufacturer. Back in 2015, Airbus opened its Mobile facility. Since then, the manufacturer delivered 4 A320 Family aircraft per month.

Serial number 8580 was delivered to Frontier Airlines and features two horses and Meadow & West on the tail.

From Mobile, Airbus has delivered aircraft to airlines including ALC, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines and last but not least to Frontier Airlines, which was also the customer to receive number 100. The first ever built A320 Family aircraft was delivered to Spirit Airlines in August 2017.

Airbus sends all needed parts from its sites at Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin to Mobile. Then, the final assembly will take place in the Alabamian city. Additionally, wings have been produced in Broughton, North Wales.

Currently, Airbus employs about 600 people at its Mobile facility. In the near future, the manufacturer hopes to grow its American business. Airbus has already started to expand the current facilities to ramp up the aircraft production in the coming years.

At Mobile, Airbus will also produce the newly acquired A220 Family, which consists of the A220-100 and A220-300. The airliner family was acquired this year from Bombardier. The final assembly line for the A220 will be established in partnership with Bombardier.

Frontier Airlines is known as low-cost carrier from the United States. The airline operates an all-Airbus fleet with nine A319s, 52 A320s (including 31 A320neos) and 20 A321s. In the past decades, Frontier operated with Boeing 737 and McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. Frontier serves 103 destinations in six countries. Its main focus however is on the US-American domestic market.

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