According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, Alabama workforce development and education organizations are involved in new recruitment and training initiatives for the new facility. Ed Castile, director of AIDT and deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said the state is prepared to spring into action to support the workforce needs in this unique and challenging time.
“Airbus has been an extraordinary partner as we work together daily to help change people’s lives,”Castile said. “Airbus provides incredible career opportunities, and we have the awesome opportunity to help them find their team and assist with training.”
Castile said AIDT plans to expand its Aviation Training Center at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, a 36,500-square-foot facility that opened in 2014 specifically to help Airbus get production up and running.
Airbus produced the first Alabama-built A320 aircraft in 2015, and it launched production of the A220 single-aisle passenger jet in Mobile during 2019, with a new assembly line specifically for the A220 opening the next year.
According to the Governor’s Office, Airbus has invested over $1 billion in its Alabama manufacturing facility.