Airbus to hold job fair in Wichita Saturday

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Airbus is holding a job fair in Wichita this weekend, looking to attract aviation talent from the region’s tight labor market for work in Mobile, Alabama. 

The company will hold an Airbus Final Assembly Line Career Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at its engineering facility on the innovation campus at Wichita State University, 1855 Innovation Blvd. 

Airbus needs to fill a variety of engineering and assembly positions at the Mobile plant, where company spokesperson Kristi Tucker says workers will support production of the A320 and A220 aircraft. 

The company, which announced in January that it would have around 600 openings at the plant to fill through mid-2020, is offering relocation packages. 

Events like the Airbus job fair put added pressure on Wichita's effort to grow its workforce and retain the people who already work here.

Pre-registration for the job fair is requested and is available online, as well as more information about the event and the open positions. 

Tucker also says that those who can’t make the event can check on open positions with the company though the career portal on its website.

Airbus opened the Mobile assembly plant in 2015 for work on the narrow-body A320. 

Another assembly line at the plant was announced for the A220 — formerly the Bombardier C Series — in 2017 as part of the deal that made Airbus the majority owner of that aircraft program. 

Construction of the A220 assembly line began in January, where it is expected to begin delivery of those jets for U.S. customers next year. 

Other A220s continue to be built at facilities in Canada. 

Airbus late last year delivered the 100th A320 jet built at the Alabama plant. That family of aircraft is also built on assembly lines in France, Germany and China. 

Both the A320 and A220 included components built by Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR), which is based in Wichita.

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