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Wed, 7 Aug 2019

Airbus Starts Manufacturing A220 in USA

Airbus has officially started manufacturing the A220 (formerly the Bombardier C Series) in the United States of America.

The first team of A220 production workers began work at Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama-based production facility following their recent return from on-the-job training in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, where the A220 programme and primary final assembly line are located.

Tail fin of the Airbus A220-300 which recently concluded a tour of Asia. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“The expansion of our commercial aircraft production in Mobile to a second product line – with 400 additional jobs to support it – further solidifies Airbus’ standing as a truly global aircraft manufacturer, and confirms without a doubt that Airbus is an important part of America’s manufacturing landscape,” said Airbus Americas Chairman & CEO C. Jeffrey Knittel. “With Mobile, and our production network in Asia, Canada and Europe, we have strategically created a worldwide industrial base to better serve our customers.”

Airbus first unveiled plans for the addition of A220 manufacturing in Mobile in October 2017, and construction on the main A220 flowline hangar and other support buildings began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley at the beginning of this year.

The first U.S.-made A220 – an A220-300 destined for Delta Air Lines – is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2020.

 By the middle of the next decade, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 A220 aircraft per year.

The A220, purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.

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