Airbus, through its Airbus Division, has a major presence in the U.S. and Canada with more than 2,500 single-aisle and wide-body jetliners ordered by North American customers – and over 1,800 currently in service.
Our two engineering centers in – Wichita, Kansas, and Mobile, Alabama – carry out leading-edge development work across all Airbus programs. Wichita specializes in airframe design and analysis, and Mobile in cabin and cargo systems across the Airbus product line. The training center in Miami, Florida is home to state-of-the-art flight simulators.
Moreover, Airbus Helicopters has a history of more than 30 years in Mexico. It is the basis of their sales and after-sales for 25 countries between Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
In September 2015, Airbus opened an A320 Family jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – officially called the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The new assembly line, which is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, facilitates assembly of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Assembly began in 2015 – with first delivery of a Mobile-assembled aircraft in 2016.
The company’s location in Mobile also includes a final assembly line for the single-aisle A220 aircraft, producing jetliners destined for U.S. customers. Airbus officially began manufacturing the A220 in the U.S. in August 2019, targeting to be producing between 40 and 50 of these aircraft per year by the middle of the following decade.
Our engineering center in Mobile, Alabama – situated on the edge of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico – specializes in cabin and cargo systems across the Airbus product line. Activities cover the specification, design and installation of cabins, cabin equipment and modules, seats, cargo systems and cabin for the A350 XWB, the 525-seat A380 and the market leading A330-200/300 passenger aircraft. It is also part of the global team responsible for the growing modification market for our single-aisle and long-range aircraft.
Mobile’s rich southern tradition, beauty and charm are matched with all the elements of a fast-growing, successful community. Setting up home in Mobile is a great investment, both financially and socially, given its low cost of living and high quality of life.
Wichita, also known as the air capital of the world, is home to Airbus Americas Engineering, which oversees the company’s U.S. engineering activities. In our design office, engineers work on all Airbus jetliners. With its proud heritage in aircraft engineering and manufacturing, Wichita is a destination of choice for a growing number of aviation and aerospace professionals.
Here you can enjoy a high quality of life. Affordable housing and excellent educational, cultural and recreational resources all add up to a great place to live and work.
Airbus Americas headquarters is just outside Washington, D.C., in Herndon, Virginia. The facility employs some 120 people in sales, marketing and communications for Airbus customers in the U.S. and Canada. This facility also serves as headquarters for Airbus Americas Customer Services – each airline customer has a specific Airbus Customer Service Director assigned to it to take care of any aircraft requirements.
The procurement team, also based in Herndon, is tasked with doubling Airbus spending with U.S. suppliers. The overall team at Airbus Americas headquarters reflects the diversity in nationality that is so commonplace at Airbus worldwide, offering North American customers daily interaction with a company that offers a true global perspective.
Nearby in Ashburn, Virginia, another 90+ employees keep the 24-hour Airbus Spares Center humming, shipping aircraft parts, tools and sections to customers in the Americas. This facility is one of three Airbus Spares facilities in the world and is conveniently located near Washington Dulles International Airport. The center has more than $200 million worth of spares stock, with 70,000-part numbers that represent nearly all of the proprietary hardware used on Airbus aircraft.
The Airbus Training Center in Miami serves as a center of excellence for the Americas. Built in 1999, the $50 million facility complements facilities in Toulouse, Beijing, Hamburg and Bangalore, providing training for Airbus customers' flight and cabin crew, as well as maintenance personnel.
The custom-designed, 110,000-square-foot complex has a total of six full-flight simulators, as well as cabin door and slide trainers, state-of-the-art computer-based training classrooms and six flight training devices simulating the A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. Approximately 2,000 trainees from Airbus airline operators in the U.S., Canada and Latin America take courses annually in Miami under the direction of 70 Airbus employees.
The state-of-the-art Airbus Training Center in Denver, Colorado is the second customized Airbus training facility in the country – and offers pilot training for the A320 Family aircraft.
In 2018, the Denver facility opened the first A320neo full-flight simulator (FFS) in the Americas, which complements two existing A320 Family full-flight simulators in the Denver Airbus Training Center. All simulators have achieved the highest available level of certification (Level D certification) from the Federal Aviation Administration. At full capability, the center will operate six FFS.
Airbus works with a "one roof" concept for its four companies in the region: Airbus Helicopters Mexico, Queretaro Plant, Heliescuela and Airbus Mexico Training Center.
Airbus Helicopters has been present in Mexico since 1983, where it has its own industrial and maintenance plant. With more than 400 employees, it is the market leader in the region, with a working fleet of 460 helicopters.
The A220 programme and primary final assembly line are located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Airbus produces its single-aisle A220 Family jetliners – comprising the A220-100 and A220-300 versions – for customers outside of the U.S. at the Mirabel final assembly line through the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership with Bombardier and Investissement Québec. The limited partnership employs approximately 2,200 people at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Mirabel.