UPDATE (10:44 p.m. 5/9) — Airbus will be creating an apprenticeship partnership with Bishop State Community College.
According to Chairman/ CEO Airbus C. Jeffrey Knittel this partnership will give students the opportunity to take courses, and in a few short weeks, they will be ready for the Airbus workforce.
“What we do is allocate airplanes around the globe as appropriate,” said Knittel. “But obviously we’re almost doubling our capacity here for the A320 series airplane and also produce a 220. So we are significantly increasing the production right here in Mobile.”
The second assembly line is expected to be completed by the end of this year or sometime next year.
UPDATE (3:32 p.m. 5/9) — Airbus has announced they have created 1,000 new jobs.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — One of Mobile’s biggest employers is planning a major announcement Monday afternoon. A news conference is scheduled for 3 pm. Airbus hasn’t said what the tie-in is with the community college–just saying “Mobile will play a key role in Airbus’ plans to significantly increase global production rates.”
Part of that is the start of a second final assembly line for the A320. The addition would allow increased output in Mobile from about fifty A320 jets a year to 75 by the year 20-25 according to a report from Reuters recently.
We do not yet know how many new jobs this could add to Airbus facility at Brookley. The Airbus 320 line opened here in 2015. Major executives from Airbus will be there along with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.