The first Airbus A320 aircraft to be produced at
the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, has
flown for the first time.
The A320 took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley
on Tuesday morning.
The flight lasted approximately
four hours, during which tests were performed on systems, engines
and structural performance.
The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing
Facility can produce three members of the A320 Family: the A319,
A320 and A321.
Thus far, the 36 aircraft delivered since
operations began in 2015 have been A321s, making Tuesdayís flight
another milestone for the U.S.-based production facility.
Typically seating 150
passengers in two classes, or up to 180 in a high-density layout
for charter and low-cost operations, the A320 is in widespread
service around the world, flying routes ranging from short
commuter sectors to coast-to-coast U.S. flights.