MIAMI — Two years after its official grand opening, the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile has received the 50th shipset of Major Component Assemblies (MCAs). All the parts will become the 50th Airbus aircraft produced in the United States.
Vice President and General Manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility, Daryl Taylor, gave his perspective on reaching this milestone and daily effort at the facility:
“The arrival of the 50th shipset is right on time to a schedule that was created more than two years ago. The production team here in Mobile, and our Airbus colleagues around the world, have continued to work together to ensure we keep our promises to our customers. I am proud of what we’ve achieved together.”
The components of a shipset are the following:
- Front and aft fuselage sections.
- Vertical and horizontal tailplane.
- Last but not least, wings.
The MCAs utilize parts and systems from all over the world, including the U.S. Nevertheless, they’re manufactured in several facilities around Europe, and shipped from Hamburg, Germany, to the Port of Mobile, Alabama, and finally transported to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility by road.
Airbus has delivered a total of 37 aircraft from Mobile, since operations started in 2015 to four airlines: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jetblue and Spirit who received the first Airbus A320 assembled in Mobile. By the fourth quarter of 2017, the facility will produce four aircraft per month.