Construction Continues on Final Assembly Line

Construction Continues on Final Assembly Line

Posted: Updated:
MOBILE, Ala. -

Metal beams show the skeleton of the Airbus assembly hanger. With it, a promise of a thousand direct jobs - a brighter future for the Port City.

Third graders from Gilliard Elementary school will see its transformation first hand.

"What we want to do is come out a couple of times while they are in third grade, and next year they will come out and see the facility, and then when they are in 5th grade they will get to come out and tour the final assembly line and actually see the A320's being assemble here in Mobile," said Michelle Hurdle, Director of Economic and Community Development for Airbus.

The students Skyped with Airbus personnel from China, Germany, Spain and France. All places where Airbus assembly plants reside.

"Four aircraft per month and that's what the China assembly is doing. We will have capacity to max production of eight aircraft. So this is built to accommodate eight, but all of that will be market driven as we grow," said Hurdle.

Most of the construction so far has been underground. Exactly, 2,207 pilings or concrete poles lie underneath the hanger's foundation. Next, construction will start on buildings and other hangers surrounding the assembly line.

"The airplanes are actually assembled in the final assembly hanger, but they have different hangers where parts are stored. And the delivery centers, where they will come - It's just like a brand new car in a showroom. They will come to the delivery center and they will see their aircraft, and they will take it away or put it into service," said Jay Daily, VP of Program Management for HOAR.

Construction will be complete in about 2 and a half years. Airbus has 10 thousand aircraft orders lined up right now.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Job Fair in Mobile May 1

    Job Fair in Mobile May 1

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:59:14 GMT
    There will be approximately 100 businesses and organizations at the event to discuss job opportunities and receive resumes.
    There will be approximately 100 businesses and organizations at the event to discuss job opportunities and receive resumes.
  • The Manatees Have Returned!

    The Manatees Have Returned!

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:20:20 GMT
    The Dauphin Island Sea Lab'sManatee Sighting Network is asking the public to be on the lookout for manatees.Researchers say several have already been sighted In Dog River, Mobile Bay, Gulf Shores and Destin.Since 2007, the Sighting Network has documented more than 1,500 manatee sightings from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi coast.They're asking for the public's help to continue their research.The following is some tips on how to safely monitor manatees provided by the Dauphin Island ...
    The Dauphin Island Sea Lab'sManatee Sighting Network is asking the public to be on the lookout for manatees.Researchers say several have already been sighted In Dog River, Mobile Bay, Gulf Shores and Destin.Since 2007, the Sighting Network has documented more than 1,500 manatee sightings from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi coast.They're asking for the public's help to continue their research.The following is some tips on how to safely monitor manatees provided by the Dauphin Island ...
  • Murder Suspect Found Reading The Bible

    Murder Suspect Found Reading The Bible

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:41:01 GMT
    Prosecutors in Mobile County say a man accused of killing his mother was reading the Bible when officers arrived at the crime scene.
    Prosecutors in Mobile County say a man accused of killing his mother was reading the Bible when officers arrived at the crime scene.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.