Airbus will open a manufacturing facility in the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, USA, to assemble and deliver its A320 family aircraft, the company announced on July 2.
The assembly line will be the company’s first US-based production facility.
The facility is part of a strategy to enhance Airbus’ global competitiveness and will create 1,000 jobs for US citizens. Costing approximately $600 million, construction will commence in summer 2013, with aircraft assembly planned to start in 2015 and first deliveries from the unit beginning the following year. A319, A320 and A321 aircraft will be assembled, and the company anticipates that between 40 and 50 aeroplanes per year will be produced by 2018.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ President & CEO, commented: “The US 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.”