Airbus anticipates the facility will produce
between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018.
“The time is right for Airbus to
expand in America,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus
President & CEO at the announcement today in
Mobile. “The U.S. is the largest single-aisle
aircraft market in the world with a projected
need for 4,600 aircraft over the next 20 years -
and this assembly line brings us closer to our
customers. Mobile is now becoming part of
Airbus’ global production network, joining our
successful and growing assembly lines in
Hamburg, Toulouse and Tianjin.
“When Airbus aircraft take to the skies, our
pride and workmanship will soar along with
them,” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said.
“We owe thanks to so many people who
helped make this effort a success.
This project will create 1,000 stable,
well-paying jobs that the people of this area
need and deserve.
Alabama has the best workforce you’ll
find anywhere in the U.S.
Airbus has recognized all that this state
can offer expanding industries, and the company
is making a significant new investment in
Airbus and its parent company, EADS, have
been great citizens of Alabama for years now,
and we are excited to build on our wonderful
Airbus already has a strong and growing presence
in Alabama and throughout the United States.
In Alabama, the company operates an
Engineering Center in Mobile also located at
Brookley Aeroplex and employing more than 200
engineers and support staff as well as an Airbus
Military customer services operation supporting
U.S. Coast Guard aircraft.
In addition, Airbus operates an Engineering
Center in Wichita, Kansas; an aircraft Spares
Center in Ashburn, Virginia; a Training Center
in Miami, Florida, and a regulatory and
government liaison office in Washington, D.C.
Subsidiary Metron Aviation, a leading
provider of advanced Air Traffic Management
(ATM) products and services, is based in Dulles,
Airbus’ headquarters for the Americas are
located in Herndon, Virginia.
All together, Airbus’ U.S. facilities
currently employ more than 1,000 people.