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3/28/2016

First US-assembled Airbus takes flight

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The A321, assembled at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, AL, flew on March 21 and is destined for JetBlue.

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Airbus (Toulouse, France) reports that the first aircraft produced at its U.S. Manufacturing Facility flew for the first time on March 21. The A321, destined for JetBlue, took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, AL, US, at 9:36 a.m., performed its test sequences, and landed safely at 1:02 p.m.

More than 300 employees who work at the facility cheered as the plane took off. “We’ve come to an exciting milestone in the production of any aircraft, but this one is particularly special,” says Daryl Taylor, vice president and general manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. “The Mobile team has worked hard, and I’m proud that their skill and talent have brought us to this moment. Together we are fulfilling the promise we made to the city of Mobile, the state of Alabama, and the Gulf Coast region—we’re creating a new center of commercial aircraft production in the U.S. This is just the first of many aircraft to come.”

Following the maiden flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks in final production before being delivered to JetBlue.

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