Posted on: 02 July 2012 by Mark Howells
Airbus is to establish a manufacturing facility at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, in the United States to assemble and deliver A320 family aircraft.
Airbus stressed that the assembly line, its first US-based production facility, will create jobs and strengthen the aerospace industry as part of its strategy to enhance Airbus’s global competitiveness.
The facility in Alabama will assemble the family of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Construction of the assembly line will begin in summer 2013, with aircraft assembly planned to start in 2015. The first deliveries from the Mobile facility are set for 2016. Airbus expects the facility to be producing between 40 and 50 aircraft a year by 2018.
“The time is right for Airbus to expand in America,” commented Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president & CEO. “The US is the largest single-aisle aircraft market in the world – with a projected need for 4,600 aircraft over the next 20 years – and this assembly line brings us closer to our customers. Mobile is now becoming part of Airbus’s global production network, joining our successful and growing assembly lines in Hamburg, Toulouse and Tianjin.”
“When Airbus aircraft take to the skies, our pride and workmanship will soar along with them,” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley proclaimed. “We owe thanks to so many people who helped make this effort a success. This project will create 1,000 stable, well-paying jobs that the people of this area need and deserve. Alabama has the best workforce you’ll find anywhere in the US. Airbus has recognised all that this state can offer expanding industries, and the company is making a significant new investment in Alabama. Airbus and its parent company, EADS, have been great citizens of Alabama for years now, and we are excited to build on our wonderful relationship.”