Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CSeries introduced to Mobile

Bombardier CSeries jetliner in Mobile.
GCAC photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus and Bombardier today invited the local media to take a look at a CSeries jetliner like the ones expected to be built in Mobile under an agreement announced in October 2017 between the two plane makers. The transaction is not yet finalized, but is expected by the second half of this year. The Bombardier investment will be close to $300 million. The CSeries, a model of which arrived at the Mobile Aeroplex Monday, would be built in a separate hangar to the north and parallel to the hangar where Airbus is building four A320 series jetliners per month. The plans is to eventually build four CSeries jetliners per month as well. Like the Airbus operation, major sections will be shipped to Mobile from other locations. The engines are built by Pratt & Whitney, and the podding work is likely to be done at the UTC facility across the bay in Foley, where all the A320 podding work is done. While a lot of details are still being worked out, Bombardier will use the Airbus delivery center, which will be expanded to accommodate the additional deliveries. The project, along with an expected increase in the number of A320s being produced in Mobile - from four to six per month - will mean an additional 400 to 600 jobs in Mobile, officials said. Bombardier had said in November that it expected the plant would create 400 to 500 direct jobs, and cited the investment figure of $300 million at the same time. The twin-engine, single-aisle CSeries passenger jet, designed for 100 to 150 passengers, is smaller than the A320. It has three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. (Source: GCAC, 02/20/18) Previous: Delta getting Canada, US jetsITC sides with Bombardier