WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded an announcement that Airbus will again increase production rates in Mobile, Alabama – resulting in 275 new jobs. The company will begin hiring the additional workers this year in order to reach a production rate of seven A320 Family aircraft per month by the beginning of 2021. This growth is in addition to the 600 new jobs the company added in 2019 for increased A320 Family and new A220 Family production.
“Supporting economic investment and job growth remains one of my highest priorities. I applaud Airbus for increasing the production rate and adding more good-paying jobs in Mobile,” said Senator Shelby. “This expansion highlights Airbus’ continued commitment to Alabama. I am proud they are building advanced, state-of-the-art aircraft in our state and honored for this world-renowned company to call Mobile home.”
“Airbus is proud to call Alabama home and we’re thrilled to announce a production rate increase for our best-selling A320 aircraft,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas. “The support we receive from Senator Shelby and our other supporters in Alabama made growing the Mobile operation an easy and obvious decision for Airbus.”
In 2015, Airbus opened its A320 U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. This $600-million, 53-acre facility delivered its first aircraft – an A321 jetliner for JetBlue – in April 2016. Construction began on a second final assembly line for the A220 aircraft in January 2019. Today, the production facility has more than 1,000 employees. By the end of 2020, the number of employees will increase to approximately 1,300. As of December 31, 2019, Airbus had successfully delivered 160 A320 Family aircraft from Mobile to eight U.S.-based airline customers and expects to deliver its first A220 aircraft from Mobile later this year.