Airbus assembly building about 40 percent complete

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Airbus officials said Tuesday, August 5 the final assembly line building, where A-320 aircraft will be built, is about 40 percent complete.

The company’s Director of Economic Development said the next building to be finished should be the central utility plant, which is expected to be ready in the next few weeks.

Michelle Hurdle also said plenty of work has been done recently in the final assembly line building, known as the FAL.

Hurdle said, “We’ve poured a lot of concrete recently in the FAL, and we are on time and under budget, so, that’s good right now. We just hit a milestone last week and we started going vertical at the delivery center, which is where we will actually deliver the planes to the customers.”

Hurdle said the big platforms, where crews will connect wings to the fuselage, are expected to come in around October.

The supplier for that equipment is Comau manufacturing systems, and Hurdle said company officials have already been in Mobile to see where to set up the tools and how to get them through the streets.

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