Wednesday, June 27, 2012
European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Ala., a person with knowledge of its plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made, says the company would build 320s there.
The A320 is a widely-used plane flown by U.S. airlines, including Delta and US Airways. An Alabama plant would have Airbus building planes squarely in the territory of archrival Boeing.
The plan was first reported by The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, who said that an announcement could come as soon
Airbus has said it wants to expand, and that it favors a site in
the Southern U.S. A spokeswoman says no decision has been made by the company's board.