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Airbus: Most of the planes in Dubai mega deal will be built in Mobile.


Good news for Airbus could be good news for Mobile. The European plane maker landed the Dubai Airshow's first major order on Sunday. Indigo Partners owns Frontier airlines in the U.S. and carriers in Mexico, Hungary, and South America. The company ordered over two hundred Airbus 321 style aircraft. Airbus says most of the planes will be built at its plant in Mobile. Airbus says the orders will trickle in over the next three years. Frontier and Hungary based Wizz Air will reportedly each receive close to one hundred Airbus planes. Twenty three new craft will go to JetSmart, which operates in Chile and Argentina. A portion of the order is reportedly for a new generation of Airbus 321’s called “neos.” The new planes have state of the art engines which Airbus says are 25% more fuel efficient, produce less carbon dioxide, and are quieter than earlier models. The company declined to put a dollar value on the order. Some reports put the value of the deal as high as $32 billion dollars.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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