Airbus is making history with its decision to create an A320 Family jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, which will become company’s first U.S.-based production facility.
This game-changing plan was announced on July 2, 2012 by the Airbus senior management team during a special event held in Mobile, with the presence of Alabama officials, airline customers, industry suppliers, Airbus employees and local guests. A ceremony in April 2013 marked the beginning of construction for the $600-million facility, with aircraft assembly scheduled to begin in 2015 and the first delivery targeted for 2016.
The fuel-saving and performance-enhancing Sharklets on A320 Family airliners will become an increasingly frequent sight in the world’s skies following Airbus’ go-ahead for these distinctive wingtip devices’ retrofit on in-service aircraft.
You’re hired! Airbus’ U.S. A320 assembly facility already is creating high-value jobs around the world
Even before its first aircraft is assembled, Airbus’ new facility in Mobile, Alabama is making an impact on the local community by creating new highly-skilled jobs – which underscores the company’s commitment to this region and the United States, while also supporting Airbus’ future global growth.
First vertical steel column raised for A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama.
Like the jetliners it will one day produce, Airbus’ new U.S. A320 Family final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama is preparing for “takeoff,” with foundation and ground-level work now setting the stage for this facility to rise from the ground.