A220/CSeries Mobile Alabama Factory: "A rate of 4/mo is currently the top production rate planned, although LNC was told the FAL will have higher capacity"
Future Mobile A220 final assembly line already pushing capacity
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July 11, 2018, Leeham News
The order for 60 Airbus A220-300s, when added to the order for 75 A220-100s by Delta Air Lines and the anticipated order for 60 A220-300s by USA start-up carrier Moxy Airlines, nearly fills out the new Mobile (AL) production line through 2024, an LNC analysis reveals.
Construction of the A220 Final Assembly Line (FAL) begins this year. The first delivery is planned for mid-2020.
JetBlue and Moxy show first deliveries in 2020, according to company documents. Delta's deliveries begin this year from the Airbus Canada Montreal facility, but will shift to the Mobile plant.
Production ramp-up of the Mobile FAL will begin at 2/mo. The current plan is to ramp up to 3/mo in 2021 and 4/mo in 2022. A rate of 4/mo is currently the top production rate planned, although LNC was told the FAL will have higher capacity.
Currently, Republic Airways Holdings is shown to hold delivery slots for 10 A220-300s per year 2020-2023. These slots are likely being reassigned to Delta, Moxy or JetBlue. The Republic orders are a holdover from when the company owned Frontier Airlines; the aircraft are not expected to be delivered to Republic.