Airbus plans to open a facility in Alabama, which will help the company reduce costs and compete with Boeing in its home market.
The European company will soon announce plans about building a plant in Alabama, where it will manufacture A320 jets for the American market.
“We have made no secret of our hopes to expand our global footprint, including in the US, as we have a very strong market here,” Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn told reporters. “However, the company’s board had not yet made a decision.”
This is not the first time when Airbus expresses its desire to expand internationally, especially in South America where other important German manufacturers have plants, including Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. This would be the perfect place due to favorable labor market conditions and lower costs.
Building a plant in the US, the home for Boeing the fiercest competitor, would make the aerospace giant more competitive than it would be. Delta and the US Airways already manifested their interest in buying the company’s short- and medium-haul A320 planes. Airbus’ ‘Made in the USA’ airplanes will also be more attractive for other airlines and for government customers as well.