Airbus SE is about to mark an unusual milestone in aviation by having simultaneous production of the same aircraft on three continents.
The company will roll out first A320 out of its Mobile, Alabama,USA, assembly plant on Aug. 25, meaning North America will join Europe and Asia in producing the most popular airliner in the world.
The $600 million Alabama facility was opened in 2015 and has so far produced three dozen of Airbus’s larger A321. The first U.S.-built A320 will be handed over on Friday to Spirit Airlines, which has ordered 98 of the planes. By year’s end, Airbus plans to reach a production rate of four aircraft per month at the Mobile facility.
“The sun never sets on Airbus manufacturing!” company spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn wrote in an email. “Internationalization, coming closer to our customers, and a global industrial footprint are part of our overall strategy.”
Airbus opened its first assembly plant outside Europe in 2008 in Tianjin, China, where it produces A319s and A320s