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EADS announces Alabama plant for Airbus A320

03-07-2012

The popular narrowbody A320 airliner could start rolling off a Mobile, Ala. assembly line by 2015, bringing with it 1,000 new jobs for the state. EADS, which is Airbus’ parent company, confirmed its plans for the new plant on Monday. Airbus is betting the plant will help it compete more effectively with the Boeing 737 on American turf as it expands production to keep up with its order backlog. Once the new factory ramps up to full production, Airbus expects to make up to 50 A320s per year at the plant; currently it makes about 400 of those planes each year at its plants in Europe and China. Airbus plans to ship many of the plane’s components to Mobile for assembly at the plant. Airbus had previously planned to build a military air refueling tanker in Alabama, but after several rounds of bidding, it lost the contract to Boeing.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-07-01/officials-ala-dot-airbus-plant-will-employ-1-000

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