Construction on the Airbus Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama is moving forward and is on track to deliver its first A321 aircraft to JetBlue Airways in “late spring-early summer 2016,” an Airbus spokesperson at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport told ATW.

Airbus started construction in 2013 on the $600 million US facility, where it plans to begin assembling narrowbodies this year for deliveries starting in 2016. The Mobile FAL will be one of four Airbus A320 assembly lines, in addition to Hamburg, Tianjin and Toulouse. Airbus expects to assemble four aircraft per month by 2018.

“We will start producing the first Airbus A321 variant in Mobile because there is a demand for the Boeing 757 replacement, especially in North America, the spokesman said, adding the Mobile FAL will build the A321ceo. “Later on, from 2017—and when full production starts in 2018—we will deliver the A321neo,” he said. Airbus will also build the smaller variant of the A320 in the US facility in the future, the spokesman added.

“This summer we will ship the first [aircraft] parts from Europe to the US by sea cargo, which takes about 22 to 23 days for delivery,” he said.

In January, Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier told ATW in Toulouse the Airbus market share in the US “is still low.” He said part of Airbus’ long-term strategy is to invest in the US and be closer to American customers.