The first group of production employees for Airbus’ U.S.-based A220 production line in Mobile, Alabama—called Pioneers—reported for their on-the-job-training in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada this week. Over the next three months, the structure assemblers, electricians, flightline team members, and quality inspectors will work alongside their counterparts in Canada to become familiar with A220 production tools and processes.
“We are happy to welcome our new colleagues from Mobile to the Mirabel team. They’ve been training in Mobile over the past month, but now they will be able to touch the aircraft and really learn how the A220 assembly process works,” said Florent Massou, Head of A220 Program.
“It’s been great to welcome new members to the Airbus team, as well as the transfers from the A320 program in Mobile to the A220 team,” said Paul Gaskell, Head of A220 FAL Project & A220 Operations. “The buzz and excitement amongst the team members as they learn about the aircraft is great to see.”
Mirabel is home to the A220 partnership and is also the primary production site for A220 aircraft, housing approximately 2,200 employees. A220 production in Mobile to serve U.S.-based customers will begin in Q3 2019, with first delivery scheduled for mid-2020. More than 400 employees will work in this production line in Mobile.