Industry Airbus begins U.S. production of A220

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has released, that its final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama has started to manufacture the A220 aircraft.

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Back in October 2017, after Airbus´ plans to acquire the CSeries program from manufacturer Bombardier became real, the company announced plans to establish an additional facility for the A220 in Mobile.

Since then, Airbus has been building an A220 flowline hangar as well as other support buildings. Construction for these facilities started at the beginning of 2019 and have now been finished. The first A220 aircraft to roll off will be an A220-300 for Delta Air Lines. Delivery is scheduled in the third quarter of 2020.

Airbus seeks to produce between 40 and 50 A220 aircraft per year at Mobile. Additionally, the production for the A320 and A320neo Family will be continued.

“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.”

Especially in the last years, Airbus has expanded its presence in the United States. Aircraft are being used by the largest carriers in the country and Airbus has several companies and workers in the country. More than 275,000 jobs have become available after the European manufacturer entered the industry. Engineering centres in Kansas and Alabama have been installed and training facilities in Florida and Colorado. The headquarters and the materials support are in Virgina. Other facilities are located throughout the country.

The A220 has been developed by Bombardier and is thought for the 100 to 150 seat market. It incorporates good fuel efficiency with state-of-the-art aerodynamics. Pratt & Whitney´s PW1500G offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat when compared to other aircraft.

Just recently, Air France – KLM announced an order for up to 60 A220-300 aircraft. All airframes are expected to be delivered to Air France. The flag-carrier seeks to modernize its aging fleet for the short- to medium-haul network.

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