Airbus officially opens US manufacturing centre in Alabama
15 September 2015
Airbus has inaugurated operations at its first ever US-based manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, which will see the assembly of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier welcomed the addition of the US facility to Airbus' production network in Europe and Asia. “The Airbus US manufacturing facility is an important step forward in Airbus’ strategy, strengthening our position as a leader and competitor in all of our key markets,” he said.
“It enables us to grow our already significant presence in America – the largest single-aisle aircraft market in the world – and to be closer to our US customers and key supplier partners. At the same time, the expanded industrial capacity gives us more flexibility to increase production across Airbus to meet global demand.
“The US facility is good news for the overall Airbus enterprise, as this greater production capacity creates global growth opportunities across the company and throughout our supply chain.”
Airbus announced plans for the $600 million US facility in 2012, and construction began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley the following year. The first US-made Airbus commercial aircraft – an A321 – is scheduled for delivery next spring. By 2018, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year.
Airbus’ market forecast indicates a demand over the next 20 years (from all manufacturers) for some 4,700 single-aisle aircraft in North America alone.
The Airbus US Manufacturing Facility joins several other Airbus and Airbus Group operations across the United States, including Airbus engineering offices in Alabama (Mobile) and Kansas (Wichita); an Airbus training centre in Florida (Miami); Airbus Defence & Space Military Aircraft facility in Alabama (Mobile); Airbus Helicopters factories and operations in Mississippi (Columbus) and Texas (Grand Prairie); and aircraft spares facilities in Georgia (Atlanta), Florida (Miami) and Virginia (Ashburn).
The establishment of the Airbus US manufacturing facility doubles the number of manufacturers of large commercial aircraft in the United States.