Airbus wins commercial order, looks to America for production

by: Matthew Potter
January 12, 2008

Category: Airbus, Alabama, Boeing, commercial aviation, Contract Awards, EADS, Northrop Grumman Corp., production program, Proposal, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

Leasing company AWAS awarded Airbus a contract for 75 aircraft. In somewhat related story, Airbus is now saying that with a successful win of the KC-X contract with Northrop Grumman they will move civil aircraft production from Europe to Mobile, Al. See a press release on the AWAS award here. For a more complete discussion of the move to Mobile see this article. It benefits Airbus to move to a dollar country, as in Europe they pay Euros to their suppliers and workers, and sell their aircraft in dollars. The recent drop in the dollar is affecting the profit margins on their products. The plant they purchased in Mobile is large enough to do both KC-X production and other aircraft. If they are like they have been with the Eurocopter America plant in Columbus, MS they are also willing to expand as necessary.

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