2008-01-20 - A330 Freighter Mobile offerAirbus A330 freighters to be assembled at Mobile
EADS offeriert Flugzeugmontage in USA<br /> EADS will co-locate the production of the Northrop Grumman KC-30 Tanker platform and the Airbus A330 civilian freighter aircraft at its Mobile, Alabama aerospace center of excellence, resulting in a robust final assembly line that ensures low risk, high efficiency and increased capacity for both military and commercial customers.
This decision - which is dependent on U.S. Air Force selection of Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker as its new aerial refueling platform - will further leverage EADS' investment in its future Alabama facility, located on Mobile's Brookley Field, and significantly increase its industrial presence in the U.S. market.
Both the KC-30 Tanker and A330 commercial freighter are based on the best-selling, industry-favored Airbus A330 twin-engine jetliner. Co-locating production of these aircraft will add to the efficiency of the Mobile assembly facility, and ensure a smooth and continuing production flow. It will enable EADS to provide its customers more flexibility in the assignment of final assembly slots at Brookley Field for the military aerial refueling platform or the civilian freighter, depending on demand. The site would be expanded to support the production of up to four aircraft per month, ensuring ready capacity to meet the Air Force's delivery requirements at no risk, while fulfilling the A330 Freighter's growing order book which is already at 66 aircraft.
"This investment decision - along with our earlier selection of Mobile, Alabama as the site of the KC-30 Tanker final assembly facility, the Airbus Engineering Center and the EADS CASA facility at Mobile Regional Airport - reflects EADS' firm commitment to the future of the American aerospace industry, the security of the United States, and our longstanding intention to create jobs and in-source industrial capability, advanced products and critical technologies into the United States," said EADS North America Chairman and CEO Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. To accommodate the A330 Freighter industrial activity, the KC-30 production center would be expanded by 20% to a total covered area of 2 million-sq.-ft, and would require at least 300 direct additional employees above the 1,000 currently slated for the tanker assembly. Depending on when the U.S. Air Force's next-generation tanker aircraft decision is made, it is possible that construction of the combined final freighter assembly line could begin in late 2008.