Construction Continues on Final Assembly Line

Construction Continues on Final Assembly Line

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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.

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