Airbus recently inaugurated operations at its first U.S. manufacturing facility. The Mobile, Ala., plant, which employs more than 250, will assemble A319s, A320s and A321s. The first U.S.-made Airbus commercial aircraft is scheduled for delivery next spring. By 2018, the $600 million facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year. The company’s market forecast indicates a demand over the next 20 years for approximately 4,700 single-aisle aircraft in North America alone. Airbus also assembles commercial aircraft at facilities in Hamburg (Germany), Tianjin (China) and Toulouse (France).