LOS ANGELES Airbus SAS has picked Comau Aerospace, a division of Comau SpA, to build the aircraft main assembly and test stations for its new plant in Mobile, Ala.
Comau, a subsidiary of Italys Fiat Group with North American headquarters in Southfield, Mich., will supply the stations, which include large steel fixtures that surround and hold aircraft sections. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
The Mobile plant, which will assemble Toulouse, France-based Airbus A319, A320 and A321 airliners, is due to start up in 2015, with first deliveries in 2016. Airbus first U.S. production facility is expected to deliver 40 to 50 planes per year.
Tooling at the Mobile plant will include requirements for the A320neo, the newest, re-engined version of the single-aisle aircraft, which is due to enter service in 2015, according to Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas.