Monday, September 14, 2015

Airbus plant officially opens

Airbus A320 plant officially opens in Mobile.
GCAC photo by Michelle R. Thomas
MOBILE, Ala. – Scores of dignitaries, including corporate officials, politicians and three ambassadors, were on hand today for the formal opening of the $600 million Airbus A320 assembly plant at the Mobile Aeroplex, the aircraft maker's fourth A320 assembly plant and its first in the United States. With partially built A321 jetliners flanking the assembled dignitaries and media representatives from around world, the crowd applauded and stood when a sign was placed on a plane sections that said “This aircraft proudly made in the USA by  the worldwide team from Airbus.” The event in Hangar 9, the name Airbus uses the final assembly lines in Hamburg, Tianjin, China and now Mobile, closed with the song “Sweet Home Alabama” playing in the background. The first jetliner being built at the plant is an A321 for JetBlue, which will take delivery in 2016. (Source: GCAC, 09/14/15)