Point Of View

Mobile update


It’s now four months since the official opening of Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama, A320 Family Manufacturing Facility. I returned recently to Mobile to visit with the Airbus team to see how the operation was going. Six aircraft are in production now—one for jetBlue and five for American Airlines. It’s great to walk in and see a full house in the largest facility on the complex—the Final Assembly Line Hangar. The first American-built Airbus will be delivered this Spring—cementing the start of a new era in U.S. aerospace manufacturing. I could not be more proud of the team ‘down south’ for helping to make Airbus a truly worldwide manufacturer, while allowing us to deliver aircraft to our U.S.-based customers in their home country.


Barry Eccleston

President – Airbus Americas.