Delta Out Of Paint

MIAMI — The first Airbus A321 assembled in the United States for Delta Air Lines has rolled out today from the Manufacturer’s Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama.

The jetliner (F-WZMO • MSN 7281) is the 15th A321 assembled by Airbus in Mobile since the inauguration of the plant in September 2015. So far, twelve aircraft —all A321s— have been delivered to JetBlue, American Airlines and Spirit.

This year, Delta Air Lines has introduced the Airbus A321 to its fleet. Back in September 2013, the Atlanta-based carrier placed an original order for 30 A321s, further increased by 15 in 2014 and by 37 last April for a total of 82 narrowbodies.

To date, Delta has taken delivery of 11 A321s, intended to replace part of its aging MD-88 fleet.

MAAS Aviation completed the painting in its facility located on the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, located within the Airbus FAL.

The Mobile Final Assembly Line is dedicated to the production of Airbus narrowbodies for customers in North America. So far, only A321s with the Current Engine Option (CEO), will be assembled in the foreseeable future, as the Final Assembly Line transitions to the New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

Airbus expects to increase the production rate to 52 aircraft per month by 2018, and to 60 aircraft before 2020, supported by its final production lines in Germany, France, China, and the Alabama assembly line in the United States.