The first Airbus A220 aircraft produced at the Mobil Alabama manufacturing facility took to the skies on June 2, 2020 for the first time. The A220-300 painted in Delta Air Lines livery took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile performing a series of tests before landing more than three hours later.
According to data from Flightradar24, the plane operated over the Gulf of Mexico in the vicinity of New Orleans climbing to a maximum altitude of 16,000 feet.
Airbus on May 19, 2020 officially opened the US A220 production facility as a complement to the primary plant in Mirabel, Canada.
The second Airbus A220 currently being assembled in the new plant will be destined for the JetBlue fleet in late 2020. The airline will take delivery of 70 A220s over the next several years and will phase out their older and less fuel-efficient E190s.
Airbus began producing A220s at Mobile in August 2019 using space in an existing Final Assembly Line hangar for U.S.-built A320 Family aircraft, and in newly-constructed support hangars.
The news about Delta’s first A220-300 flight coinsides with the airline’s retirement of their MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft fleet. The A220-300 is part of Delta’s fleet renewal plan with 50 orders of the -300 variant and 45 of the -100s. As of April 30, Delta has taken delivery of 31 A220-100s.