Airbus has begun delivery of all aircraft from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile with a blend of U.S.-sourced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and conventional jet fuel. The initiative, which the company committed to in September 2020 (BBN #61), has a long-term goal of developing a zero-carbon-producing commercial aircraft by 2035. Since the launch of…Read More
Airbus recently won a contract for 255 narrow-body jets, Bloomberg reports. The deal is for Airbus’ larger A321 model and valued at more than $30 billion. It will be parceled out among Wizz Air Holdings Plc; Frontier Group Holdings, Inc.; and two other low-cost carriers that count Bill Franke’sIndigo Partners, LLC, as their top shareholder.…Read More
In partnership with Airbus Foundation, the City of Mobile, Mobile County and Baldwin County, Flight Works Alabama is presenting a complimentary professional development course titled “How Things Fly.” The event is open to middle school teachers in Mobile and Baldwin counties including public, private and homeschool teachers. At 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. each day on November…Read More
Austal USA has been awarded a $144-million contract modification for the design and construction of two T-ATS steel Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue ships for the U.S. Navy, NBC 15 reported. Options, which could bring the contract total to $385 million, are included for up to three additional ships. These would be the first steel-hulled…Read More
In November, Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its Mobile-based U.S. manufacturing facility with a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel as it seeks to reduce emissions, The National reported. The Toulouse, France-based company reached an agreement with Florida-based Signature Flight Support, a fixed-base operation and distribution network for business aviation services, to…Read More
United Airlines has placed an order for 70 of Airbus’ A321neo aircraft, a “significant number” of which are to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, AL.com reported. The aircraft will feature customizable lighting intended to reduce jet lag, sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level, completely integrated window shades, LED…Read More
The first graduates of the new FlightPath9 training program (Aerospace Exhibition, Education Center Opens) joined the Airbus workforce in Mobile this month, the company announced. Designed as a nine-month program for high school seniors, COVID-19 forced it from in-person to virtual and extended its length by nearly 100%. However, 17 graduates succeeded, then received additional…Read More
Airbus has just completed building its new Final Assembly Line Hangar (FAL). Its 270,000 ft2 doubles the size of Airbus’ Mobile site at Brookley Field. The FAL will become the second production site for a new model of jet, the A220, a single-aisle commercial aircraft. The new jet will be sold to Delta Airlines and…Read More
Flight Works Alabama, a cooperation between the Airbus Foundation, the State of Alabama and a group of educational partners and commercial sponsors opened a new aerospace exhibition and education center at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley on August 4, Alabama Newscenter reported. The 15,000-ft2 aerospace exhibition and education center features more than 40 high-tech aviation…Read More
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