The company has launched a ship carrying the first components for A320 family aircraft from Hamburg, Germany. On the trip, which is estimated to take around 30 days, the BBC Atlantic ship will transport major component assemblies, such as the wings, rear fuselage section, the tail cone, and the forward fuselage section including the cockpit. It will also be carrying both horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
So far, all the components have been produced in various European locations including France, Spain, Germany, and the UK. In 2016, Airbus plans to deliver the first US-produced A320 family aircraft, an A321ceo to JetBlue. Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier is excited for the company’s expansion into the United States. He said in a statement: “North America is one of the largest single-aisle aircraft markets in the world. This manufacturing facility brings us closer to our customers, and strengthens the aerospace industry in the US, Europe and around the world."
The Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility will be Airbus’ first in the US and fourth in its network which includes facilities in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China. The project, worth an estimated USD$600 million, began in April of 2013. The new facility will assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, and is designed to serve the increasing demand for the airliners in the US and elsewhere. The assembly line and associated facilities will create around 1,000 jobs in the region.
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus Group is a European multinational defense corporation & aerospace that manufactures aircraft parts as well as entire civil airliners. Airbus was originally formed as the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), but in January of 2014 was reorganized as Airbus Group by combining the divisions for development and marketing of civil and military aircraft, as well as communications systems, missiles, space rockets, helicopters, satellites, and related systems.
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