Friday, September 18, 2015

Airbus inaugurates its First U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Albama

"Earth bound people very often say, sky is the limit. We in the aerospace community do not attire to that notion. Sky is not the limit. Our job  is to break new grounds; to explore new frontiers." -Tom Enders, the Airbus Group CEO said in the inaugural function of the new Airbus manufacturing facility conducted on September 14, 2015 in Albama, U.S.

This is a new chapter for Airbus. The new facility cost $600 million to construct. The facility will produce 40-50 aircraft per year by 2018. 

The aircraft that will be produced are A319, A320 & A321 - the best selling single aisle family. 

The demand for the 100 - 160 passenger aircraft have been growing in the recent years. To meet the global requirements and to reduce cost, this move was essential for Airbus.

Since US Airways is the largest operator of A320 with 274 aircraft, it is only logical that Airbus construct manufacturing facility. 

Even though this manufacturing facility is the first one in US, various Airbus engineering offices and spare parts dealers were already flourishing in US.  It was only a matter of time that something like this show up. 

This is not direct attack to Boeing. These companies compete in a global level and a single manufacturing facility in competitor's home country does not have an impact. 

The best thing about this facility is that- now Airbus can have aircraft labelled with - "Made in U.S.".

Thank You for reading guys.


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