To support increased production of its A320 Family of single-aisle passenger aircraft, Airbus plans to add a third Final Assembly Line at its factory in Mobile, Alabama. The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs over the next several years.
In addition the company recently announced plans to ramp up global production of A320 Family jets, including the addition of the new 350,000 square-foot FAL in Mobile.
”The fact that Mobile will lead our unprecedented global production rate increase in coming years is a tribute to the world-class labor force in Alabama,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas. “I’m so proud of our Mobile employees for proving through years of hard work what Alabama is capable of, and I’m also immensely grateful to state leadership for making Alabama such a great place to invest and do business.”
“It’s wonderful to see Airbus continue to grow its only U.S. airliner manufacturing operation with another expansion in Mobile,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “This growth is made possible by the company’s skilled workforce in Alabama and our commitment to developing a pipeline of future aerospace workers. “Airbus has been an extraordinary partner as we work together daily to help change people’s lives.”
AIDT plans to expand its Aviation Training Center at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, a 36,500-square-foot facility that opened in 2014 specifically to help Airbus get production up and running. AIDT is also expanding apprenticeship programs and supporting Airbus training initiatives at Flight Works Alabama, including FlightPath9, We Build It Better and aviation dual enrollment at area schools.
“Airbus has been an extraordinary partner as we work together daily to help change people’s lives,” added Ed Castile, director of AIDT and Deputy Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Airbus provides incredible career opportunities, and we have the awesome opportunity to help them find their team and assist with training.”
Flight Works Alabama is an aerospace education center located near the Airbus facility that aims to inspire future aviation workers across the Mobile region. The 15,000-square-foot facility, which features more than 40 high-tech exhibits, opened in August 2020.