Airbus Manufacturing To Arrive in the United States in Mobile, Alabama
Airbus has announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama. The site was chosen due to its low labor costs and easy port access. Over 1,000 new, well paying jobs will be created in Mobile to support the new assembly plant. Building the plant itself will create 3,200, well paying construction jobs.
Airbus, via their announcement, said US aerospace is laying off and we (Airbus) are going were the talent is, it would be foolish not to.
US Carriers Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America, are already Airbus A320 Family customers with American Airlines to soon join the group.
Airbus family of A319, A320 and A321 to be built in Mobile
The new assembly plant will build and deliver the popular Airbus A320 Family Aircraft. The plant will be located in the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, and it’ll be the first Airbus production facility in the United States.
Airbus has said construction of the assembly line will begin in summer 2013, aircraft assembly will start in 2015, and the first deliveries will begin in 2016. The company expects the assembly plant to build between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO, said, “The time is right for Airbus to expand in America.” Brégier added, “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.”
We are now ready to Take-Off
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said, “When Airbus aircraft take to the skies, our pride and workmanship will soar along with them.” Governor Bentley continued, “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 U.S. Airbus has recognized 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.”
Existing US Airbus Facilities
Currently, Airbus operates an Engineering Center in Mobile – also located at Brookley Aeroplex. This facility employs more than 200 engineers and support staff as well as an Airbus Military customer services operation supporting U.S. Coast Guard aircraft.
Airbus operates other facilities in the United States including an Engineering Center in Wichita, Kansas, an aircraft Spares Center in Ashburn, Virginia, a Training Center in Miami, Florida, and a regulatory and government liaison office in Washington, D.C. Nearby in Dulles, Virginia, Subsidiary Metron Aviation, a leading provider of advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) products and services, is located.
Airbus’ headquarters for the Americas are located in Herndon, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. — All together, Airbus’ United States facilities already employ more than 1,000 people.
Airbus already partners with hundreds of US suppliers in more than 40 US states, and the company’s expenditures in the U.S. support more than 210,000 American jobs.
The Airbus Beluga
In addition to carrying large aircraft components, the Airbus Beluga, as pictured above, was one of the first aircraft to land in Mobile after Hurricane Katrina with relief supplies.
Once up and running, the Airbus Beluga may just be a common sight in the Mobile area.