Aug 31, 2017: Components for the 50th A320 Family aircraft to be built in the United States are now on their way to Mobile, Alabama.
A sea-going ship carrying large components for the single-aisle jetliner includes the front and aft fuselage sections, wings, vertical tail and horizontal tail.
These components, along with a separate inventory of smaller parts to be forwarded on another ship, will come together as the no. 50 aircraft assembled at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.
Elements used to build A320 Family aircraft in the U.S. are provided from Hamburg, Germany.
Hamburg shipped the first components to Mobile in May 2014, and the no. 1 American-built aircraft – an A321 version – was delivered in 2016. At present, the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is on track to reach an output rate of four aircraft per month at the end of 2017.
Airbus has four assembly sites around the globe for A320 Family aircraft. Besides Mobile in the U.S. and Hamburg in Germany, they are located at Toulouse, France and Tianjin, China.