Airbus boosts US footprint with new A220 plant in Alabama

phys.org | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus on Wednesday broke ground on its second assembly line in the southern US state of Alabama, where it plans to build its small A220 jets, as it seeks to swipe market share from rival Boeing.

"We continue to grow," Airbus Americas CEO Jeff Knittel said at the ceremony in Mobile, where the company already opened a plant in 2015 for building its A320 passenger jet.

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Now, more than 1,500 of our planes are flying in the US," he added.

Production at the $300 million plant is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, with the first delivery of an A220 set for 2020. The facility expects eventually to put out four of the aircraft a month.

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Airbus says it generated $48 billion in aircraft- and space-related expenditures in the US in 2017, supporting more than 275,000 jobs.

"We are not in competition with the United States—we're in...
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