Airbus to open Manufacturing Plant in Alabama

Mobile, Alabama Plant Plans announced - credit: Airbus

(Best Syndication News) - Airbus announced today that they would be creating a manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama at the Brookley Aeroplex. This is the first production facility that Airbus is establishing in the United States. The plant will be assembling the A319, A320, and A321 airplanes.

The construction of the assembly plant is planned to break ground in the summer of 2013. The plant is expected to be in operation starting in 2015. The first airplane deliveries should begin around 2016. By 2018, it is expected to reach capacity of manufacturing between 40 and 50 airplanes yearly.

Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President & CEO, said at the announcement today in Mobile, that over the next 20 years, the projected demand is expected to be around 4,600 airplanes. The US is the largest market for single-aisle aircraft in the world.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said that the new manufacturing facility would create around 1,000 new jobs that will pay well.

Airbus operates its US headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Airbus already employs over 200 engineers and support staff at their Engineering Center in Mobile, which is also located at the Brookley Aeroplex. Airbus also has an Engineering Center in Wichita, Kansas. Airbus operates an aircraft Spares Center in Ashburn, Virginia. The company has a Training Center in Miami, Florida. There is also an office in Washignton, D.C. for regulatory and government issues. In Dulles, Virginia, Airbus has a Subsidiary called Metron Aviation, which is a provider of advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) products and services. Altogether, Airbus currently employs over 1,000 people in the United States.

By: Dave Reddy

ref: Airbus

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