Airbus begins U.S. production of A220 aircraft

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Airbus begins U.S. production of A220 aircraft

Mobile, AL, 5 August 2019 – Airbus has today officially begun manufacturing the A220 in the U.S. 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.”

Airbus announced plans for the addition of A220 manufacturing in Mobile in October 2017. Construction on the main A220 flowline hangar and other support buildings for the new A220 began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley at the beginning of this year. Airbus is producing the first  few  aircraft within  some  current A320  family  buildings and  newly-built  support hangars.  The first  U.S.-made  A220 –  an  A220-300 destined  for  Delta Air  Lines  –  is scheduled  for  delivery in  Q3  2020. By  the  middle of  next  decade, the facility  will  produce between 40 and 50 A220 aircraft per year.

Airbus 1st A220 at FAL Mobile, Alabama, USA
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