Components for the 50th Airbus A320 Family
aircraft to be built in the United States are now on their way to
A ship carrying large components for
the single-aisle jetliner – including the front and aft fuselage
sections, wings, vertical tail and horizontal tail – departed
Hamburg, Germany on 25 August, beginning a 29-day transatlantic
voyage to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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 – which is situated on the Mobile Aeroplex
Elements used to build A320 Family aircraft in
the U.S. are provided from Hamburg, Germany, the home to another
of Airbus’ final assembly sites.
Hamburg shipped the first components to Mobile
in May 2014, and the no. 1 American-built aircraft – an A321
version – was delivered in 2016.
Today, the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility is on track with its ramp-up to reach an
output rate of four aircraft per month at the end of 2017.
Airbus has four assembly sites around the world
for A320 Family aircraft. In addition to Mobile in the U.S. and
Hamburg in Germany, they are located at Toulouse, France and