Skip to comments.American deal is first stop on Airbus road to a US A320 final assembly line
Posted on 07/20/2011 10:17:59 AM PDT by buzzer
DALLAS -- While the hours count down to a final early morning board meeting of AMR corp, parent company of American Airlines, industry sources briefed on Airbus's North America strategy say the sales play by the European airframer is the opening salvo of the coming fleet replacement battles with US airlines that may eventually push Airbus production to record rates as high 60 A320 family aircraft per month after 2016 to meet the replacement demand.
The announcement, now expected in Wednesday's early morning hours, is to split some portion of a 300 to 400 aircraft order between rivals Boeing and Airbus, with suggestions the number could rise even higher.
Industry analyst consensus, as well as prevailing wisdom inside Boeing concludes that the European airframer cannot achieve 60 A320s per month without major expansions of its Toulouse, Hamburg or Tianjin, China lines and opens the door to a US based final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, current site of an Airbus engineering center sometime late in the decade to meet the replacement demand in North America, while its other lines are devoted to meeting growth demand in the rest of the world.
The strategy assumes at least a partial win with American Airlines by Airbus, delivering A321neos to replace the aging fleet of 757s, which serve as the workhorse of the carrier's fleet. And more broadly a supply chain that can handle the record rates.
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Oddly governments are making it logical...look at Boeing and the So Carolina factory... the US government is stopping to to make then stay in Washington state... so the only deal is to go outside the country for leverage
Just watch the NLRB demand that Airbus build its plant in a Union state.
Great minds think alike...I'm betting Washington State.
I wonder where Airbus will put its facility: a right-to-work state or a union state.
“I wonder where Airbus will put its facility:”
I would bet Texas. Possibly somewhere there is already a large enough faciility or acreage with an airfield
if i had read to the end...possibly Mobile...hate it when I do that
Finny, isn’t it, how even companies from socialist loving European countries like to select right-to-work states as their US facory locations?
Why is “American” Airlines continuing to buy socialist Europe’s (France’s) airliners?
Can’t get a good line number at Boeing?
Yes, I know American has a lot of Airbust products. Probably trying to commonize the product line.
“Why is American Airlines continuing to buy socialist Europes (Frances) airliners?”
For the same reason AirFrance buys american socialist (Washington IAM state) Boeing 777 airliners and LH buys 747-8.
For AA it’s the right plane at the right time for the right price. Nothing more, nothing less. Are you a commie that you fear free trade ? Free trade means they buy ours we buy theirs.
Are you a commie that you fear free trade ?
You could have made your point without that sentence, asshole.
“You could have made your point without that sentence, asshole.”
One of the reasons i love free speech. It allows the real nature and personality of people to show up.
S go and wave the flag while taking a ride in your “american” GM which is actually a mexican or canada made ride and let me enjoy driving in my Alabama, USA made merc.