Airbus starts building A220 aircraft assembly plant in the US
The European aircraft manufacturing concern Airbus has begun construction of a new plant in Mobile, Alabama state, USA. The company will organize the assembly of aircraft A220 (Bombardier CSeries), the press service of Airbus. The assembly line will have to meet the growing demand in the United States for the A220, the latest proposal in the line of commercial Airbus aircraft, the company noted. Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, and Guillaume Fori, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, held the ceremony to start the construction of the plant. The new assembly line, which is the second American commercial aircraft manufacturing plant, will facilitate the production of A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft for US customers. Aircraft production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2019, and the first deliveries of A220 aircraft assembled at the new plant are scheduled for 2020. Recall, to date, Airbus has a portfolio of orders for more than 500 A220 aircraft.
Airbus gave an official start to the construction of an A220 family aircraft assembly line, which will be located at the company's plant in the city of Mobile (Alabama). The assembly line was opened by Airbus in the United States to meet the growing demand for A220 aircraft from American airlines. About 700 people attended the opening ceremony, including Airbus President Tom Enders, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft Guillaume Fori, representatives of the airline companies, industrial partners and other officials. The assembly line of aircraft of the A220 family will be located next to the assembly shop A320. Production of the A220 is planned to be launched in the third quarter of 2019., while the delivery of the first A220 aircraft assembled in the city of Mobile is scheduled for 2020. Aircraft A220 family offers an unprecedented level of passenger comfort and fuel efficiency in the segment from 100 to 150 seats. Thanks to the improved aerodynamics, modern materials and engines of the new generation PW1500G, A220 can reduce fuel consumption by about 20% compared with the previous generation aircraft. The maximum range of the A220 is 5,920 km. The portfolio of orders for aircraft of the A220 family currently exceeds 500 units, and the total airline demand for aircraft of this dimension is estimated by Airbus at 7,000 units for the next 20 years.