North American airlines have ordered more than 2,000 commercial aircraft for their domestic and international passenger services, along with the transport of cargo and freight. Looking to the future, it is anticipated that North American carriers will require approximately 5,600 additional aircraft in the coming decades.
In meeting this demand, Airbus opened its first commercial aircraft production site in the United States in 2015. The U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama is a $600 million, 53-acre site that produces up to 60 A320 Family aircraft per year. With a partnership between Airbus and Bombardier cemented in mid-2018, Mobile is also where the A220 Family aircraft destined for U.S. markets will be manufactured starting in 2019 – further strengthening Airbus’ presence in the United States and the overall U.S. aerospace industry.
Also in Mobile is the Airbus Engineering Center, which officially opened in 2007. This operation is responsible for the design and engineering of cabin and cargo interior elements for Airbus’ aircraft.
Airbus’ first U.S. design and engineering center opened in Wichita, Kansas in 2002. Based at Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus, engineers at the Airbus Engineering Center support ongoing activity for the company’s single-aisle and widebody jetliners.
The Airbus Training Center in Miami, Florida offers a range of full-flight simulators and computer-based training programs, hosting each year some 1,500 air crew members from Airbus customer airlines. Based at a separate facility in Miami is Airbus’ Latin America and Caribbean sales and marketing teams.
Airbus Americas, Inc. headquarters is located in Herndon, Virginia, where more than 200 people work in sales, marketing, communications, procurement and service for Airbus commercial customers in the U.S. and Canada. In Ashburn, Virginia, Satair (formerly Airbus Spares Center) ships aircraft parts, tools and sections to customers in the Americas 24 hours a day, sourcing from a $200 million inventory of some 70,000 part numbers.
Near the Virginia facilities are the Washington, D.C. offices of Airbus. Airbus Americas’ Safety and Technical Affairs and Government Relations departments are co-located there, both liaising directly with U.S. federal organizations and agencies. Also in Washington is the Airbus Experience Center. Opened in 2016, the facility is a collection of interactive, multimedia exhibits highlighting the extensive role Airbus holds in the U.S. aerospace and defense industries.