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First A320 To Be Built in Mobile, Alabama

Tue May 19, 2015 9:48 pm

It will be A320-231 (W) C/N 6512 for Jetblue , according to the highly reliable magazine Aviation Letter , issue 582.

Which will be the second and the others ?
 
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Tue May 19, 2015 9:58 pm

What does "Mobile" mean in the thread subject?
 
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Tue May 19, 2015 10:00 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):
What does "Mobile" mean in the thread subject?

Assembled in Mobile, Alabama, USA

http://www.airbus.com/company/americas/us/alabama/
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Tue May 19, 2015 10:03 pm

Actually it's an A321
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 9:30 am

Actually it's an A321

Sure ? AL says it's an A320 !
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 9:33 am

This information has been known for two months now. MSN 6512 will be the first A320 family jet assembled at Mobile. It's an A321 for JetBlue.
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Wed May 20, 2015 12:01 pm

Quoting titus95 (Reply 4):
Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 5):

A321 announcement even dates back to 2014:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...-usa-factory-idUSKBN0II00V20141029
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 12:12 pm

I'm surprised that Mobile will be ready to assemble A321 from the very start. IIRC, TSN could only build A320's in the beginning (and not sure about today). Of course, the market today is increasingly shifting to the larger model.
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 1:59 pm

Quoting r2rho (Reply 7):
IIRC, TSN could only build A320's in the beginning (and not sure about today).

Planespotters.net show B-xxxx test regs for A319 and A320, but not for any A321 so far.
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Wed May 20, 2015 2:00 pm

Will the Mobile plant focus on Airbus orders for the western hemisphere, while leaving toulouse producing for europe and all points east?
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 2:31 pm

Quoting infiniti329 (Reply 9):

I believe the Mobile plant will focus on the USA market in the early stages AA, HA, B6, VX, NK, etc... But I wouldn't be surprised to see South America and Mexico being added later


//edit, don't forget Mobile is suppost to start deliveries in April 2016 and reach 4 frames per month in 2018 AFAIK, Mobile should serve USA, TSN should serve Asia, XFW and TLS remain a worldwide production centre I think.

[Edited 2015-05-20 07:39:22]
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 2:52 pm

Quoting starbucks (Reply 10):
focus on the USA market in the early stages

I was under the impression that all of Delta's 45 321's on order are slated for assembly at Mobile? Any confirmation of this? or will the order be split between Hamburg and Mobile final assembly?
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Wed May 20, 2015 2:56 pm

Quoting Coronado (Reply 11):
I was under the impression that all of Delta's 45 321's on order are slated for assembly at Mobile? Any confirmation of this? or will the order be split between Hamburg and Mobile final assembly?

With a production rate of 4 units per month in 2018 - and A320ceo production ending in late 2018 - I doubt Mobile will have enough capacity to produce all 45 A321's for DL. My guess is that some aircraft will come from XFW too.
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Wed May 20, 2015 2:56 pm

Shouldnt it be First USA built A320, or do they build them elsewhere in US too?
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 3:18 pm

great to see Airbus building aircraft not only in Europe, but also now in the US. Of course, 4 frame per month sounds small, but it is still a great relief for all other plants. With the thousands of orders they have, something surely needed. I believe, it's a matter of time until those remote plants in Mobile and Tianjin will be expanded.

Additionally, Airbus has also understood that being closer to your customers is of great advantage. The US market was obviously a Boeing dominated market. With the new generation A320 family this trend shifts now and Airbus is present with their own plant, setup and staff.
 
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Wed May 20, 2015 4:22 pm

Quoting 777way (Reply 13):
Shouldnt it be First USA built A320, or do they build them elsewhere in US too?

Mobile is the only city in the US to build A 320's. Was going to be the KC-30 tanker site but we all know what happened with that deal.      
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Tue May 26, 2015 2:45 pm

For more A321's that will be assembled at Mobile:

- MSN 6512 - A321-231 - JetBlue
- MSN 6621 - A321-231 - American Airlines
- MSN 6866 - A321-231 - American Airlines
- MSN 6909 - A321-231 - American Airlines
- MSN 6956 - A321-231 - American Airlines
- MSN 6973 - A321-231 - JetBlue
- MSN 7013 - A321-231 - American Airlines
- MSN 7301 - A320-271N - Spirit Airlines

[Edited 2015-05-26 07:58:40]
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Tue May 26, 2015 3:04 pm

Quoting infiniti329 (Reply 9):
Will the Mobile plant focus on Airbus orders for the western hemisphere, while leaving toulouse producing for europe and all points east?

All my life until now, I was sure that Europe was in the Western Hemisphere, but it seems some people don't agree! Back to school, it seems, at least for someone!

Now, Airbus assembles the A32x in China as well as in Europe. But more importantly, all Airbus A32x aircraft are built just like before (even when only assembled in "Europe" (part of the Western Hemisphere)) and soon, in Mobile, US of A, but from sub-assemblies that are brought into the FAL for, er, final assembly!

There are no A32x "built" in either China or USA, they are assembled there, from sub-assemblies brought in from the existing supplier chain, some of those companies are Chinese, some from USA
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Wed May 27, 2015 2:55 pm

Quoting sassiciai (Reply 17):
All my life until now, I was sure that Europe was in the Western Hemisphere, but it seems some people don't agree! Back to school, it seems, at least for someone!

Check out the map and judge yourself where great majority of Europe lies:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Hemisphere
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Wed May 27, 2015 3:31 pm

Oh well, seems it's me that needs to go back to school!   

In my defence, I did my schooling in Scotland (near Glasgow) which is about 4 degrees West, and thus firmly in the Western Hemisphere.

I am sure that most/all Airbus wings are currently produced in the Western Hemisphere, even if the aircraft are assembled today in various places in the Eastern Hemisphere! That might all be set to change in the coming years, if the UK decides to cut itself adrift from the EU!
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Wed May 27, 2015 3:41 pm

Looks like a Leprechaun to me. All you gotta do is look up in the tree!
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Fri May 29, 2015 2:57 pm

Airbus is now shipping the first main fuselage sections to Mobile.

http://oi59.tinypic.com/2vbn2a0.jpg

Press release:
http://www.airbus.com/no_cache/newse...-a320-family-production-in-the-us/
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Fri May 29, 2015 4:00 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 21):
Airbus is now shipping the first main fuselage sections to Mobile.

For those interested, Track it here!  
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/...509000/imo:9508419/vessel:BBC_FUJI
It's the ships info page, but there is a button "Track on live map"

Or here!: http://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9508419

Also another picture has been added on Facebook:
http://scontent-bru2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11390195_996036140437205_8255237075066660242_n.jpg?oh=7769dc9384b605cbf2d742ded82e48c5&oe=5606F32B

[Edited 2015-05-29 09:01:31]

[Edited 2015-05-29 09:07:39]
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Fri May 29, 2015 4:26 pm

Quoting starbucks (Reply 22):
For those interested, Track it here!

You should tell Airbus. According to them, their fuselage is exiting the Mediterranean!
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Sat May 30, 2015 3:50 am

I hope they have a good hurricane plan.... the weather is bizarre this Spring - we are getting hammered by storms every day now in south Louisiana and it's the same every day into the forseeable future = and we are overdue for a big one here on the Gulf Coast. Mobile gets hit hard sometimes. Hurricane season starts June 1...  Wow!
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Sat May 30, 2015 11:39 am

Has Airbus said anything about when will the first A320neo Family plane will be assembled in Alabama?
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Sat May 30, 2015 2:21 pm

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 25):
Has Airbus said anything about when will the first A320neo Family plane will be assembled in Alabama?

Not yet as far as I know
 
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Sat May 30, 2015 2:22 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 16):

The Spirit Airlines a/c is a NEO...not sure if its the first though
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RE: First A320 To Be Built In Mobile, Alabama

Sun May 31, 2015 7:33 am

Quoting starbucks (Reply 10):

IIRC, both BFM and TSN are capped at 8 a month.
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