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First Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. takes flight
21 March 2016 Commercial Aircraft

First Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. takes flight

First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft takes flight_1 © Airbus, James Darcy/Airbus
21 March 2016

First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft takes flight_1

Airbus A321 First Flight - Mobile, Alabama FAL, Airbus’ no. 1 aircraft assembled at the U.S. Manufacturing Facility takes off on its maiden flight on 21 March 2016. The A321 jetliner is planned for delivery to JetBlue

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First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft takes flight_2 © Airbus, James Darcy/Airbus
21 March 2016

First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft takes flight_2

Airbus A321 First Flight - Mobile, Alabama FAL, An A321 for JetBlue – which is the first A320 Family aircraft produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility – performs its maiden flight from Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama. Tests were conducted on systems, engines and structure performance during the 3-hour, 26-minute flight

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First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 1 Airbus, James Darcy/Airbus
22 March 2016

First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 1

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, Maiden flight of the first Airbus aircraft produced at the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama – an A321 for JetBlue – lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes

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AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 4 Airbus, Paul Dovie / Airwind
22 March 2016

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 4

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, Maiden flight of the first Airbus aircraft produced at the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility – an A321 for JetBlue – originated from and concluded at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama

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AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 6 Airbus, Debbie Denson / Airwind
22 March 2016

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 6

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, More than 300 employees cheered along as the first Airbus aircraft produced at the U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama – an A321 for JetBlue – took off for its 21 March 2016 maiden flight

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AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 5 Airbus, Debbie Denson / Airwind
22 March 2016

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 5

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, Maiden flight of the first Airbus aircraft produced at the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility was flown by test pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald, who were accompanied by flight test engineers Thierry Cros and Nick Picconi, and ground test engineers/cabin specialists Alexander Gentzsch and Mike Johns

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AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 2 Airbus, Debbie Denson / Airwind
22 March 2016

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 2

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, A key milestone was achieved with maiden flight of the first Airbus aircraft produced at the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabma – performed 21 March 2016 using an A321 for JetBlue

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First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 3 Airbus, James Darcy/Airbus
22 March 2016

First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft_Maiden flight 3

AIRBUS148 - A321 First Flight Jet Blue, Tests on systems, engines and structure performance were conducted during the 21 March 2016 maiden flight of the first Airbus aircraft produced at the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama

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The first Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. Manufacturing Facility has flown for the first time. The A321, destined for JetBlue took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 9:36 a.m., performed its test sequences, and landed safely at 1:02 p.m. 
The aircraft was flown by Test Pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald. They were accompanied on the flight by Flight Test Engineers Thierry Cros and Nick Picconi, and Ground Test Engineers/Cabin Specialists Alexander Gentzsch and Mike Johns.
The flight lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes during which tests were performed on systems, engines and structure performance. 
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,” said 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.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family offering passengers state-of-the-art cabin design, wider seats and superior comfort whilst airlines benefit from the unique operational flexibility of Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft. With a range of up to 7,400km / 4,000nm, the A321 is able to fly longer routes as for example Europe to U.S. The A320 Family is the world’s best- selling single aisle product line with over 12,400 orders and close to 6,700 aircraft delivered to some 300 customers worldwide.
First U.S.-produced A320 Family aircraft takes flight_1  
21 March 2016 Newsroom

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