Allegiant Air has taken delivery of its first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile.
On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Allegiant Air, a team of Allegiant employees, and representatives of the more than 380 Airbus employees at the production facility.
“Airbus is committed to developing and producing fuel-efficient, passenger-friendly aircraft that are leaders in the evolving airline marketplace,” Bob Lekites, executive vice president of customers for Airbus Americas, said in a statement. “Our partnership with Allegiant Air, coupled with our
commitment to producing innovative aircraft has allowed Allegiant to expand their ultra-low cost
consumer flight options. We are proud to deliver Allegiant their first Airbus aircraft manufactured
in Mobile, and we look forward to providing them more aircraft that exceed customer
In a statement, Allegiant chairman and CEO Maury Gallagher said the delivery was an “exciting milestone” for the company.
“This delivery is also an important step in our transition to an all-Airbus fleet, increasing efficiencies across our entire operation and bringing economic advantages in fuel savings, higher seat capacity and more,” he said.
The Airbus Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is delivering A320 Family aircraft at a rate of four per month – with the Allegiant delivery marking the facility’s 69th aircraft delivered since operations began in 2015. The facility is now using a dock the Mobile Airport Authority, city and county paid for and installed at Arlington Point. The MAA spent roughly $1.4 million on the new dock, Chairman Elliot Maisel said at a board meeting Wednesday. Executive Director Chris Curry told board members Airbus took its first deliveries from the dock on May 16 and May 17.
Maisel touted the dock and a runway project during the meeting.
“Both investments are capital investments for the benefit of a client or a number of clients ….,” Maisel said. “It should be noted that despite the fact we have limited resources, we manage to find a way to support the businesses at our park. They are economic drivers and it’s part of our mission.
“It’s not the main part of our mission,” he added. “We’re not in the economic development business, but we’re glad to help when we can.”
The entire operation requires a team of dedicated employees of which more than 80 percent of
are from the Gulf Coast region with nearly one-third being U.S. military veterans. In addition to
supporting hundreds of local jobs, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new
facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local
Demonstrating the adage “The Sun Never Sets on Airbus Manufacturing” – Airbus aircraft are
now produced around the clock, 24 hours a day, at facilities in Mobile; Hamburg,
Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China.