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Published on Jul 10, 2018. Modified on Jul 12, 2018.

The Airbus A320 family— which is made up of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners—has become one of the world’s most popular passenger jets since it first hit the skies back in 1984.

With demand for its passenger aircraft on the rise, particularly in North America, Airbus has built a $600 million factory to assemble airplanes in in Mobile, Alabama and is delivering four aircraft a month from the 3-year-old facility.

When the facility opened, the company’s logistics plan for receiving components consisted of ships from Hamburg, Germany docking in Mobile Bay and off-loading their cargo, which consists of vertical and horizontal tail planes, wings, and the front and rear fuselage. Loaded onto flatbed trucks, the pieces were then driven to Brookley Field, a decommissioned Air Force Base that has become a hub of aerospace manufacturing, about four miles from the harbor.