Airbus to establish first assembly line in U.S., produce A320 single-aisle aircraft in Alabama

Airbus A320

MOBILE, Ala., 2 July 2012. Airbus executives announced plans to establish the company’s first aircraft production facility in the United States. The new U.S. manufacturing facility will be located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.; will focus on the assembly and delivery of the company’s A320 family of passenger aircraft; and is intended to create jobs, strengthen the aerospace industry, and enhance Airbus' global competitiveness and ability to meet the growing needs of North American customers.

Alabama-based staff will assemble the Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft beginning as early as 2015, with deliveries starting in 2016. Construction of the assembly line will begin next summer and is expected to achieve an annual production rate of 40 to 50 aircraft by 2018. The cost to establish the assembly line is estimated at $600 million.

"The time is right for Airbus to expand in America," says Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier. "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."

"This decision is great news for our industry partnerships in the U.S., and it supports Airbus' strategy on several fronts," Bregier adds. "This facility creates new manufacturing jobs and further enhances the partnership between Airbus, its suppliers, and their employees--a very large percentage of which are located here in the United States.”

"Mobile has long been a hub for world class shipbuilding and it will now become a critical node for the U.S. aerospace industry as well,” says U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. “The effects of this decision will reverberate far beyond Alabama, however, as the entire country will benefit from having both global commercial aircraft manufacturers building planes on U.S. soil."


Easily post a comment below using your Linkedin, Twitter, Google or Facebook account.

Featured Slideshows

Insight into UPS Flight 1354

The aerospace community and larger public have turned their attentions once again to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the U.S., as a "go-team" of 26 investigators strives to piece together the events that lead to the crash of UPS Flight 1354 on 14 Aug. 2013.

Enabling technologies: An open-source, two-seat aircraft

MakerPlane Inc., an open-source hardware and software organization, aims to revolutionize the aviation industry by enabling the use of low-cost digital manufacturing technologies to build aircraft quickly, safely, and at low cost.

Social Activity

Wire News provided by   


There is no current content available.

Most Popular Articles

All Access Sponsors

Download Our Free Apps



Follow Us On...

Avionics Article Archives

Click here for past articles