First US-Built Airbus Takes Flight

The first Airbus aircraft produced in the US made its maiden flight on March 21.  The Airbus A321, destined for JetBlue Airways took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Alabama for a test flight, which lasted 3hrs and 26min.

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.

Daryl Taylor, Vice President and General Manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility said: “The Mobile team has worked hard, and I am 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 are creating a new centre of commercial aircraft production in the US.  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 this summer.

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