Airbus to unveil new jet production plant Monday

Airbus to unveil new jet production plant Monday
Photo Source: WLOX News
Photo Source: WLOX News
Photo Source: WLOX News
Photo Source: WLOX News

MOBILE, AL (WLOX) - A major economic development milestone for the central Gulf Coast region will be unveiled Monday morning in Mobile, Alabama.

Airbus will officially inaugurate its new $600 million jet production facility.

The plant, which is Airbus's first US production facility, covers more than 115 acres at the Brookley Field aerospace complex in Mobile. There is more than 400,000 square ft. of production space.

Officials with the French-based company took members of the media on a tour Sunday. They included journalists from the region, across the country, and international reporters as well.

Airbus will focus on three types of jet's, mainly the A321, a fuel efficient 200 seater. The plant has been open for about a month now and employs 250 people.

Jets are already being produced for Jet Blue and American airlines. When full production is reached in 2018, the plant will employ more than 1000 people. Dozens of those workers are from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Doug Walker will be covering the Monday morning event in Mobile. Watch for his story both on air and online  on WLOX news and on WLOX.com.

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