Airbus Opens Manufacturing Facility in Alabama
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).