Airbus opened its new $600m A320 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama on Monday (September 14) as part of its plans to grow its presence in the North America region.
Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of the European OEM, said the new facility is part of Airbus’ strategy to capture 50 per cent of the aviation market in the region and increase competition with rival Boeing.
The plant will produce the first US-made Airbus aircraft – an A321 – for a scheduled spring 2016 delivery. Airbus said the facility will produce between 40 and 50 narrowbody aircraft annually by 2018.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Alabama, Brégier said: “Our commercial aircraft production in Mobile signifies two things: that Airbus has become the first truly global aircraft manufacturer, and that Airbus is now also a truly American manufacturer.”