Published on : Sep 15, 2015
The first U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama was officially inaugurated by Airbus Group.This manufacturing site has the capacity of producing jetliners. These projects are its latest addition to the global production network. The manufacturing plant joins many other modern facilities in various other regions such as Hamburg, Germany, Toulouse, France, and Tianjin, China. These together manufactures Airbus’s complete product line of widebody and advanced single-aisle aircrafts.
A319, A320 and A321 jetliners are the most recent addition to the company’s product portfolio. The company’s line of products and expansion in different regions of the world has supported a supply chain of industrial partners across the globe.
The new manufacturing facility plans to employ around 260 directly-hired employees in the production roles. Most of these employees have migrated from the local Alabama and U.S. Gulf Coast regions. They are helping Airbus spread its passion and create new and better ways to fly.
The company’s plans for the $600 mn were already announced in 2012. However, the construction began in Brookley at the Mobile Aeroplex facility the following year. A321 was the first U.S. built Airbus commercial aircraft. It is scheduled for delivery next spring.
By 2018, the facility is expected to produce around 40 to 50 single-aisle aircrafts in a year. The market forecasts for Airbus also indicates that for some 4,700 single-aisle aircrafts in North America, the demand will drastically rise over the next 20 years.
JetBlue will provide the first jetliner in the second quarter of the next year. This will be a milestone that will be followed by the second aircraft’s delivery to American Airlines.
In total, 49 out of the first 50 aircrafts manufactured in Mobile will be A321s, offering airline customers the best of the service and seat-mile costs ever found in any single-aisle aircraft. This aircraft will be able to seat up around 240 passengers in its new engine option (NEO) version.