Airbus has unveiled plans to increase the production rate of A320
family aircraft at its Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in
Mobile, Alabama, to seven per month by the beginning of 2021.
This increase, and continued recruiting for
the A220 manufacturing team, will result in a further 275 jobs
added at the Alabama-based facility over the next year. The
company will also invest another $40 million through construction
of an additional support hangar on the site, bringing its total
investment to more than $1 billion in the Gulf Coast city.
Airbusí announcement comes on top of huge growth
in 2019, when the company added 600 new jobs at the manufacturing
With plans already in place for production of four A220
aircraft per month in Mobile by the middle of the decade, Airbus
is on track to produce more than 130 aircraft in Mobile each year
for its airline customers.
Reflecting on the growth and continued investment
in the U.S., Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO C. Jeffrey Knittel
said, ďAirbus has been manufacturing in the U.S. for many years
now through our helicopter, aircraft and satellite products. This
increase in commercial aircraft production in Mobile is an
exciting expansion of our significant industrial investment in the
U.S., and it continues Airbusí positive contribution to American
In addition to its operations in Mobile, Airbus
has extensive presence throughout the U.S. The company employs
approximately 4,000 people at 38 locations in 16 states.
other facilities in the U.S. Airbus has: an engineering center
in Kansas; training facilities in Florida and Colorado; materials
support and headquarters in Virginia; an innovative think tank
in California; a drone data analysis business in Georgia;
helicopter manufacturing and assembly facilities in Texas and
Mississippi; and a satellite manufacturing facility (OneWeb
Satellites) in Florida.
Furthermore, in the last three years
alone, Airbus has spent nearly $50 billion in the U.S. with more
than 450 U.S. suppliers, supporting more than 275,000 American