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Monday, April 8, 2013

Airbus Breaks Ground on First U.S. Assembly Line

Airbus on Monday announced that construction of its A320 family aircraft assembly line in Mobile, Alabama is officially under way. The new facility will be the Blagnac, France-based airframe manufacturer’s first assembly line based in the U.S.

(Projected look of future Airbus manufacturing plant in Mobile, Ala. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.)

Major construction of the facility will begin this summer with a scheduled completion date of 2015. The company projects delivery of its first Mobile-assembled A320 some time in 2016. Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier called the facility “groundbreaking for Airbus.”

The Mobile facility will produce up to four aircraft per month once it reaches full production, employing as many as 1,000 workers.

Airbus currently operates an engineering center in Wichita, Kan., a training facility in Miami, Fla. and an aircraft spare parts center in Ashburn, Va. The company also has its headquarters for the Americas in Herndon, Va. More

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