Airbus should create about 2,500 construction jobs to build a new US$600 million airliner assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama, and 400 to 500 full-time jobs once production starts in 2017, a source familiar with the plans said on Saturday.
The European planemaker, owned by EADS, is poised to announce plans to build the plant for its single-aisle A320 passenger jet that will begin producing four planes a month in 2017, according to multiple people familiar with the plans. The announcement may come as early as Monday.
Over the longer term, the facility is also expected to attract a number of key suppliers to the region, including jet engine makers and companies that produce key aircraft components that require on-site quality control, the sources said…
Airbus workers seek jobs guarantee over U.S. move
French aerospace unions pressed Airbus on Sunday to provide guarantees over jobs and production as it prepares to unveil plans for a new assembly plant in the United States.
The world’s largest commercial jetmaker is expected to announce on Monday a $600 million assembly line for its best-selling A320 short-haul aircraft, starting at four planes a month from 2017.
With Airbus already assembling some aircraft in China, analysts expect a more muted labour reaction to the structural move than in 2006, when job cuts on the A380 superjumbo led to street demonstrations and a fracas in the French parliament.
But labour leaders said they would insist that any increase in production to meet rising demand would not come at the expense of output which stands at record levels in Europe.
“We will be vigilant to make sure they are not robbing Europe to pay the United States,” said Gilbert Plo, a CFTC union delegate to the company’s central works council…