|EADS CEO Tom Enders at the ground-breaking ceremony|
More than 1,000 people attended the event, including many EADS and other Airbus executives, state and national dignitaries, industry officials and the local community.
Located at Mobile Brookley Aeroplex, major construction of the facility will commence this summer and aircraft assembly is scheduled to begin in 2015, with first delivery of a Mobile-assembled aircraft in 2016.
At full production, the assembly line and associated facilities would produce up to four aircraft a month which directly translates into employing as many as 1,000 high-skilled workers.
I've included a photo from the ground-breaking ceremony on this page and you'll find more on my Facebook page - click here to view the album, Also, to celebrate the milestone, check out this blog post: Clever animation shows Airbus A320neo aircraft in flight
“Building an A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile is truly ground-breaking for Airbus,” commented Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier at the event. Yes that’s right, he played on words to describe the ground-breaking as ground-breaking… top marks.
“Our customers need more aircraft that cut fuel burn, emissions and operating costs. With this assembly line we will be able to meet our customers’ needs at their doorstep, in addition to the worldwide demand for these efficient aircraft,” he added.
The building will facilitate assembly of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Following its opening, Airbus will be the only company to assemble aircraft in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
FACT FILE: AIRBUS FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
Airbus already has a strong presence in Alabama and throughout the United States. In Alabama, the company operates an Engineering Centre in Mobile – also located at Brookley Aeroplex – which employs more than 200 engineers and support staff.
In addition, Airbus’ operates an even larger Engineering Centre in Wichita, Kansas, an aircraft Spares Centre in Ashburn, Virginia; a Training Centre in Miami, Florida, and a regulatory and government liaison office in Washington, D.C.
The company’s headquarters for the Americas is located in Herndon, Virginia. Airbus’ U.S.-based air traffic management subsidiary, Metron Aviation, is located in Chantilly, Virginia. All together, Airbus’ U.S. facilities employ more than 1,000 people.