Q. Why did Airbus choose Mobile for the A320 assembly line?
A. This decision is based on an existing aviation infrastructure (Brookley Aeroplex is a large, underutilized former military base), transportation logistics (it has a port) and an existing Airbus presence (Engineering Center, Airbus Military Support Center). We have had an exceptionally positive experience in Mobile over the years—the people, business community, local government and community have all been welcoming and supportive of our activities here.
Q. What members of the A320 Family do you produce in Mobile?
A. We have the capability to assemble A319, A320 and A321 aircraft in Mobile.
Q. How does the production process work?
A. The Mobile A320 assembly line is part of Airbus’s worldwide production network, and operates exactly the same way our assembly lines in other parts of the world do. Fully-equipped sections of aircraft are delivered to the Mobile facility via the port of Mobile, where they are assembled into the final aircraft, equipped and painted and then delivered to the customer.
Q. What is the current presence of Airbus (commercial aircraft) in the U.S.?
A. Airbus has approximately 1,100 employees currently working at other Airbus (commercial aircraft) sites in the U.S. (Approx. 1,200 if you add the Metron subsidiary; 3,000 if you add other Airbus entity employees (i.e., Helicopters and Defense&Space).
Q. Do you offer tours of the assembly line?
A. At this time the assembly line is not open for public tours. We hope to offer this opportunity in the future.
Q. Where can I buy Airbus branded merchandise?
A. Airbus merchandise is available through Let’s Shop Airbus.
Q. I’m an aviation fanatic! Can you send me some free Airbus items (i.e., keychains, models, etc.)?
We appreciate your interest in Airbus, but unfortunately don’t have items to send. You can purchase items at Let’s Shop Airbus at http://www.airbus-shop.com/en/.