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14 September 2015
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus officially opens U.S. Manufacturing Facility

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AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, Major components of the first two aircraft to be assembled at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility are shown in the main final assembly hangar at this American A320 Family production site

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AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, The main final assembly hangar at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is designated Hangar 9, sharing its name with similar buildings at the company’s A320 Family final assembly lines in Hamburg, Germany and Tianjin, China

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AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, Some 260 direct-hire production employees are working in manufacturing operations at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama as of September 2015

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11 September 2015

Airbus US Manufacturing Facility – Mobile Alabama A320 assembly

AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, Final assembly operations for A320 Family jetliners at the company’s new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility commenced in the summer of 2015, following the arrival of major component assemblies (MCAs) from Hamburg, Germany

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AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, Aircraft assembly is underway inside the main final assembly hangar at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama -

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AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, As of its official inauguration, approximately 260 production employees are working on the final assembly line at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama

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Summary

Company, industry and community leaders mark start of A320 Family aircraft production in Mobile, Alabama

Fabrice Brégier discusses the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility
 

In this video clip, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier puts a spotlight on the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama – which was inaugurated on 14 September 2015 and assembles the industry-leading family of A319, A320 and A321 jetliners. By 2018, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year.

Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility: inauguration highlights
 

It was a red, white and blue theme as Airbus officially inaugurated its first U.S. manufacturing facility – an A320 Family final assembly line located in Mobile, Alabama – on 14 September 2015. The ceremony featured comments from key state, federal and local officials, as well as top Airbus and Airbus Group management – all of whom reinforced the strong relationship between Airbus and Mobile.

In a much-anticipated ceremony today in Mobile, Alabama, Airbus inaugurated operations at its first ever U.S. Manufacturing Facility.  The plant – which assembles the industry-leading family of A319s, A320s and A321s – is officially open for business, with a skilled team of more than 250 Airbus manufacturing employees now at work on the first U.S.-made Airbus aircraft.
“Our commercial aircraft production in Mobile signifies two things:  that Airbus has become the first truly global aircraft manufacturer, and that Airbus is now also a truly American manufacturer,” said Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier.  “With the addition of our U.S. facility to our production network in Europe and Asia, we have strategically expanded our worldwide industrial base.”
“The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is an important step forward in Airbus’ strategy, strengthening our position as a leader and competitor in all of our key markets,” Fabrice Brégier continued.  “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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Manufacturing Facility in 2012, and construction began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley the following year.  The first U.S.-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.
Fabrice Brégier and members of the new Airbus workforce in Mobile were joined at the inaugural ceremony today by Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Bradley Byrne, and scores of other dignitaries, airline and aerospace executives, and local leaders.  The industry- and community-wide event convened under the theme, “Let’s Get to Work – Together!” and culminated in the ceremonial placement of a placard on a component of the first aircraft to be produced in Mobile.  The placard reads, “This aircraft proudly made in the U.S.A. by the worldwide team from Airbus.”
The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility joins several other Airbus and Airbus Group operations across the United States, including for example 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 U.S. headquarters of Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, and Airbus Group are located in Herndon, Virginia, while Airbus’ Latin America headquarters is located in Miami.  Airbus and Airbus Group are major customers of other U.S. aerospace companies as well, having purchased $16.5 billion of components and materials from American suppliers last year alone.
The establishment of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility doubles the number of manufacturers of large commercial aircraft in the United States, creating jobs, expanding skills, and establishing a new aerospace centre of competence on the U.S. Gulf Coast.  In addition to the new Alabama manufacturing site, Airbus assembles commercial aircraft at modern facilities in Hamburg (Germany), Tianjin (China) and Toulouse (France). 
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus champions innovative technologies and offers some of the world’s most fuel efficient and quiet aircraft. Airbus has sold more than 15,900 aircraft to some 400 customers worldwide.
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AIRBUS134 - Progress Photos, Major components of the first two aircraft to be assembled at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility are shown in the main final assembly hangar at this American A320 Family production site

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