First US-built A320 takes flight
The first Airbus A320 aircraft to be produced at the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, has flown for the first time. The A320 took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley on August 15, 2017. 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.
The A320 entered airline service in April 1988 and established itself as the industry standard on short to medium-haul sectors. 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 US flights.
As of July 31, 2017 the A320 family product line was ordered 13,241 times with 7,696 aircraft delivered to 297 customers worldwide.