Airbus to establish manufacturing facility in United States for aircraft assembly
BLAGNAC, France, 03 July 2012. Airbus has announced their intention to establish a manufacturing facility in the United States for the assembly and delivery of A320 family aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., it will be the company’s first U.S.-based production facility.
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The U.S. is one of the largest single-aisle aircraft markets in the world, with Airbus predicting the U.S. will need 4,600 aircraft over the next 20 years. Mobile will become the newest part of the Airbus global production network, joining assembly lines in Hamburg, Toulouse and Tianjin.
The new facility is not the only presence Airbus has in Alabama. The company operates an Engineering Center in Mobile, also located at Brookley Aeroplex, as well as an Airbus Military customer services operation supporting U.S. Coast Guard aircraft.
The company said that the new Mobile assembly line, together with associated functions, should create as many as 1,000 new jobs.