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First US-built American A321 completes maiden flight

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The first Airbus A321 aircraft, produced for American Airlines at the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility, has flown for the first time. On April 19, Airbus said the A321 “took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 1:32 p.m. CDT, performed its test sequences, and landed safely at approximately 5:10 p.m. CDT.” (atwonline.com) More...

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NormPich
Bravo Alabama/Airbus/AA, hope to fly in one of these US made Birds pretty soon!
slypops
reg barnsdale 2
So proud for Mobile and the US. On my first XC, I T&G at Brookley (BFM), so I feel some personal pride as well!
mikeharbour
Mike Harbour 0
Let's hope these turn out better than the first Mercedes SUVs that were built in 'Bama way back when...
pjjblouin
Peter Blouin -2
I recall when American Airlines had a campaign to go to an ALL BOEING FLEET! Shame on American for not staying with a US company like Boeing exclusively! Remember the slogan: "I ain't going unless it's Boeing"!
redrattler47
Ian Deans 3
Oh come on! An airline buys what it thinks is best for it, and in American's case, like just about every other airline in the world reckons Airbus products are pretty damn good. Some 12000 A320 family plane orders tell the story.
pinktristar
Geoff Cook 3
But it was made by American workers! Of course Boeing jets are not all exclusively American either..
larryzee
To me, the main difference is who's in charge of the aircraft...the pilot, or the computer?
pjjblouin
Peter Blouin 1
"Fly by wire" Airbus -vs- "traditional yoke" by Boeing....
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 2
Guess you ain't ever going!!!
RRKen
American ceased being an all Boeing fleet years ago when they got Embraer and Bombardier aircraft.

Remember that competition is healthy for everyone, consumers and airlines alike. Without it you end up with poor overpriced products. Competition naturally brings innovation.

You need to add to that tired old slogan: "I ain't going many places any more if it ain't Boeing".
mikeharbour
Mike Harbour 1
Well, unless it's on legacy Southwest birds...still all Boeing!

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