The aircraft, destined for delivery to Delta Air Lines next month, is scheduled to fly over Bryant-Denny Stadium following the National Anthem and prior to kick-off, which is currently scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The A321 made its maiden flight from Mobile Aeroplex, the home of Airbus’ $600 million manufacturing facility, on Nov. 14. It’s the 15th passenger jet assembled at the Alabama factory.
Mobile is also home to other Airbus facilities, including an engineering center that employs more than 220 staffers.
“Airbus is proud to call Mobile home for an Engineering Center, the U.S. Manufacturing Facility and a Defense & Space Military Aircraft facility,” said Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group. “More than 600 Airbus employees and their families live and work in Alabama and the Gulf Coast region designing, building and maintaining world-class aircraft.
“This participation in the Iron Bowl, the most-anticipated football game of the year in Alabama, is our way of showing our Alabama pride and showcasing the skills of the men and women of Airbus,” he added.