Airbus has officially started manufacturing the
A220 (formerly the Bombardier C Series) in the United States of
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.
“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.”
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
The A220, purpose-built for the 100-150 seat
market, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G
geared turbofan engines.