The future home of Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family final assembly line is strategically positioned to benefit from water, road, rail and air links – facilitating the company’s first-ever production of jetliners on American soil.
This production facility will comprise 53 acres of buildings, aprons and roadways contained within a 116 acre site – with the option for future expansion. The location at Mobile, Alabama’s Brookley Aeroplex places it in the middle of the Gulf Coast aerospace cluster, between Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.
Being situated on Mobile Bay adjacent to the Port of Mobile will enable Airbus to deliver fully-equipped aircraft sections from the European continent to Brookley Aeroplex via standard freight container ships – which is similar to the process used for its other A320 Family final assembly line located outside of Europe, in Tianjin, China.
Some U.S.-origin parts for jetliners built at Brookley Aeroplex will be supplied directly to the facility using the Class 1 network of railroads and interstate road system that serve the region.
Flight testing and customer delivery of A320 Family aircraft from the U.S. final assembly line will be made at Mobile Downtown Airport, located within the Brookley Aeroplex, which has two existing runways with lengths of 9,600 ft. and 7,800 ft.