Airbus on Monday 14 September cuts the ribbon in its new A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – officially called the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. It’s the company’s first production site in America, offering work to well over 250 workers.
Airbus announced the opening in July 2012. A ceremony in April 2013 marked the beginning of construction for the 600 million USD facility, with aircraft assembly scheduled to begin in 2015 and the first delivery targeted for 2016.
Reaching a key milestone last May, large aircraft components for the first A320 Family jetliner to be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility departed Hamburg, Germany for their transatlantic voyage by cargo ship.
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.