Airbus has donated 40,000 face masks to Mobile and Baldwin counties to aid and protect city and health care professionals in their fight against the COVID- 19 virus. Twenty-thousand masks each have been donated to the Mobile Fire & Rescue Department in Mobile County, and the Emergency Management Agency in Baldwin County, who will distribute the masks in coordination with the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility use this type of mask during some production activities. The donated masks are part of a shipment sourced by the company and received this week.
“Airbus is proud to answer the call to help the heroes in our community through the donation of masks to those on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 virus,” said Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. “The Airbus team members in Mobile are grateful for our first responders and local healthcare professionals — and we are grateful we are able to contribute to their important work here on the Gulf Coast.”
About Airbus in Mobile
Airbus is putting Alabama on the map as a global aerospace hub. In 2015, Airbus opened its first U.S.-based commercial aircraft manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama to assemble and deliver A320 Family single-aisle aircraft. Airbus delivered its first aircraft in April 2016 (an A321 to JetBlue) and is currently producing at least 70 A320 Family aircraft each year. In 2017, the company announced it would begin producing the A220 Family of aircraft in Mobile. Production of the first aircraft (an A220-300 destined for Delta Air Lines) began in 2019 and will be delivered in Q3 2020. The facility will produce nearly 50 aircraft a year by the middle of the decade. The Mobile production facility – a $1 billion investment – is part of Airbus’ strategy to enhance its global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United States and beyond.
Airbus has two other facilities in Mobile: an aircraft cabin Engineering Center, and a customer services and maintenance support center for medium and light military aircraft. Together, these three facilities employ approximately 1,400 people and support thousands of indirect/supply chain jobs throughout the state.