AIRBUS DELIVERS FIRST US MADE PLANE
Alabama continues to prove itself as America’s low-cost transportation manufacturing center as Europe’s Airbus recently rolled out its first plane manufactured at its Mobile, Alabama plant.
The new Airbus A321 was purchased by Jetblue. Jetblue flies primarily Airbus planes.
Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million (U.S.) facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant came in September 2015.
Currently, nine other A320 Family aircraft are in production at the facility in addition to the A321 delivered to Jetblue. The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is expected to produce four aircraft per month by the end of 2017.
The Mobile plant has already become a significant part of the Airbus worldwide production network and joins the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.
Alabama also has a number of auto manufacturers, including: Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-benz and Toyota.
Alabama is a right-to-work state.