Delta orders 100 jets; Airbus will build most of them in Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. ( — Delta has ordered 100 new jets from Airbus, whose CEO said most of them will be built in Alabama.

According to information released Thursday by Airbus, Delta placed an order for 100 A321neo ACF aircraft. The company often opts not to specify what jets will be built where, but Airbus CEO Tom Enders was clear in this case.

"We at Airbus are very happy we won this hotly-contested campaign, together with our partner Pratt, and we are proud to serve Delta with the A321neo. This important order will further strengthen our partnership with Delta - one of the world's best airlines - which we have developed over many years." Enders said in an Airbus news release. "It is also good news for our employees in Mobile, Alabama, where most of the Delta planes will be manufactured. We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Delta colours soon."

The neo suffix stands for "New Engine Option," meaning next-generation engines with greater fuel efficiency; ACF refers to a new cabin layout with door and fuselage changes that allow the jets to carry up to 240 passengers.

The Airbus Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile has built Delta jets but hasn't yet produced any neo-powered aircraft. However it has been the plan all along for neo jets to be added to the production mix. Kristi Tucker, director of communications for Airbus Americas, said Thursday that the Mobile FAL will deliver its first neo-powered jet in 2018.

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