Whilst the world is starting to resume from the mass pause, there’s good news out of Mobile, Alabama – with Airbus in the USA inaugurating their new Final Assembly Line for the Airbus A220.
The new facility is sized at 270,00 square foot. It will be dedicated to both variants of the Airbus A220 – the smaller A220-100 and the larger A220-300.
The new line supports five primary assembly stations where major airframe component assemblies come together for a completed aircraft.
In addition, the first assemblies for an Airbus A220 have been delivered. These will make up an A220 for JetBlue.
The components above will form a JetBlue Airbus A220, due to be delivered in late 2020.
Airbus began producing A220s at Mobile in August 2019 using space in an existing Final Assembly Line hangar for U.S.-built A320 Family aircraft and in newly-constructed support hangars. With the start of operations in the dedicated A220 final assembly line, Airbus’ production site in Alabama has now doubled in size.
The Mobile, Alabama Final Assembly Line is the second location where the A220 can be assembled. The primary production facility and program headquarters are located in Mirabel, Canada, where dedicated functions – including engineering expertise and support functions.
On the new facility, Paul Gaskell, president of A220 USA and Head of A220 Program in Mobile said
“The expansion of our commercial aircraft production in Mobile – from the A320 Family to the A220 – further solidifies Airbus’ standing as a truly global aircraft manufacturer, and confirms that Airbus remains an important part of the American manufacturing landscape,”
“The team is excited to start working in their new facility and to welcome a new customer”
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