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29 May 2015
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus Launches Ship Carrying First Components for A320 Family Production in the U.S.

First production components sent to Mobile
First production components sent to Mobile Bengt Lange
29 May 2015

First production components sent to Mobile

Airbus employees in Hamburg, Germany celebrate departure of the first components for A320 Family production in Mobile, Alabama – home to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility that will assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft to meet the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere

First production components sent to Mobile 4 Bengt Lange
29 May 2015

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The major component assemblies being transported by cargo ship to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile include the wings, rear and forward fuselage sections, plus the horizontal and vertical stabilisers

First production components sent to Mobile 2 Bengt Lange
29 May 2015

First production components sent to Mobile 2

Components for the first A320 Family aircraft to be built at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile – an A321ceo that will be received by JetBlue in 2016 – departed from the port in Hamburg, Germany on 29 May 2015

First production components sent to Mobile 3 Bengt Lange
29 May 2015

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One element of the A321ceo major component assemblies being transported from Hamburg, Germany to Mobile, Alabama, USA is loaded onto the BBC Fuji cargo ship

First production components sent to Mobile 6 Bengt Lange
29 May 2015

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A rear fuselage section for the first A320 Family aircraft to be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is loaded onto the BBC Fuji cargo ship ahead of its transatlantic voyage

First production components sent to Mobile 7 Bengt Lange
29 May 2015

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Among the A320 Family production components being shipped from Hamburg, Germany to Mobile, Alabama, USA is the forward fuselage section for a JetBlue A321ceo aircraft to be delivered in 2016

Summary

Wings, Tail, Fuselage Sections Depart Port of Hamburg Bound for Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.

Airbus A320 family aircraft production in the U.S. is on schedule to begin this summer as the large aircraft components for the first U.S.-produced aircraft today depart from the port in Hamburg, Germany, bound for Mobile, Alabama. The major component assemblies (MCAs) consist of the wings produced in the UK, the rear fuselage section produced in Germany including the tail cone (produced in Spain), and the forward fuselage section, including the cockpit produced in France, all of which contain parts from all over the world. The horizontal (from Spain) and vertical (from Germany) stabilisers are also on board. The first aircraft is an A321ceo destined for delivery to JetBlue in 2016.
Airbus established the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft to meet the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. It is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, and the fourth in the network which includes Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China. 
“This is a day of celebration as we reach another important milestone in aircraft production in the U.S.,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “North America is one of the largest single-aisle aircraft markets in the world. This manufacturing facility brings us closer to our customers, and strengthens the aerospace industry in the U.S., Europe and around the world. Production will begin in just a few weeks, with first delivery scheduled for 2016.” 
Approximately 200 employees, including some from Mobile who are training in Hamburg, celebrated this first shipment in a ceremony held today to launch the cargo ship, in the presence of the U.S. Consul General in Hamburg, Nancy Corbett. Traditional songs from all four European Airbus nations and the U.S. were played as the ship, bearing German and U.S. flags, and flags of the city state of Hamburg and the state of Alabama, sailed off. 
The sea voyage will take approximately 20 days, and can be tracked on Airbus in the U.S. Facebook and Twitter pages, or on www.vesselfinder.com (ship name BBC Fuji).
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