Monday, July 2, 2012
Airbus to Open Manufacturing Facility in Alabama
Airbus on Monday announced plans to open its first U.S.-based production facility in Mobile, Ala., producing the A320 family of aircraft.
The aircraft manufacturer anticipates aircraft assembly to begin at the facility in 2015 and expects the facility to produce 40 to 50 aircraft per year by 2018.
“The U.S. 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' global production network, joining our successful and growing assembly lines in Hamburg, Toulouse and Tianjin,” said Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier.
Airbus already operates an engineering center and an Airbus Military customer services operation in Alabama.
(Photo courtesy of Airbus)