Mirabel A220 Production Ramp Up Paused And Will Not Resume Until The Middle of 2021 If Conditions Allow
A220 production ramp up for Mobile, Alabama has not changed
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May 19, 2020 by David Preston for bamanewsnow.com
On Tuesday May 19th 2020, Airbus and Mobile Alabama announced that they had started production of the first US built Airbus A220 for JetBlue. in addition to that news, they also announced the completion of their second final assembly line (FAL) on their mobile campus at Brookley Aeroplex where the first plane for JetBlue will be produced.
The new 270,000 sq. foot hangar, where both A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft can be assembled, is officially open for business after an 18-month construction project. It houses five primary assembly stations where major airframe component assemblies come together for a completed aircraft in a flowline process.
Airbus actually began producing A220 aircraft in Mobile in August 2019 using space in an existing A320 Final Assembly Line hangar, and newly built support hangars. With the completion of the new hangar, the Airbus production site in Alabama has now officially doubled in size.
The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney's latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.
The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. With an order book of 642 aircraft as of end of April 2020, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion's share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market.
The A220 programs headquarters are located in Mirabel, (Quebec) Canada where the program's dedicated functions, including engineering expertise and support functions, are situated.
A spokesperson for Airbus also said that the planned rate of production ramp up for Mobile has not changed, and is still on track to reach four planes per month by the middle of the decade.
That spokesperson did say however that the planned ramp up in production of the A220 in Mirabel, Canada, the birthplace of the A220, has been paused and will not resume until the middle of next year assuming that conditions will allow.
The spokesperson also said that...
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