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PICTURE: Spirit receives Airbus's first US-built A320

US budget carrier Spirit Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320 to be produced by the airframer's Alabama final assembly plant in Mobile.

Thirty-seven aircraft have been delivered from Mobile since the first was produced two years ago but, up until the Spirit handover, they had all been A321s.

Airbus commenced final assembly work on the A320 – MSN7724 – around May this year. The aircraft is fitted with International Aero Engines V2500 powerplants.

The twinjet has been registered N650NK and delivery takes Spirit's all-Airbus fleet to 106 aircraft, says the carrier. Around half of its jets are A320s.

Airbus expects to take Mobile's production rate to four aircraft per month by the end of this year.

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