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Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:01 pm


Airbus currently employs about 150 engineers at a wing-design facility in Wichita's Old Town area. The company has said it wants to grow in the United States.

"Our intent has always been to create jobs in the U.S., to create facilities here," said Diane Murphy, spokeswoman for EADS North America in Washington, D.C. EADS -- European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. --owns 80 percent of Airbus.

Airbus employs 2,000 people in 10 states but doesn't manufacture aircraft in the United States. Murphy said Airbus intends to change that, and building tankers would be the way to do so.


IMO Airbus has been very silent sofar & avoided to becoming a 767 tanker scandal decoy.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/8309251.htm?1c

If Boeing sells its Wichita facility, production capacity could be bought from a new facility owner (Vought ?)

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/12/1081621876538.html
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:08 pm

There are many other jobs created by Airbus in USA, not just Wichita. Here in the Northeast we have the major engine manufacturers with a lot of their production being for Airbus. I do believe that Airbus should still put more effort into US, maybe working with Lockheed, and focus less in markets where there is no chance of customers, ie Japan. The Japan market prefers Boeing, while other airlines replace their 767 fleets with 330 Japan is keeping 767 line open with orders. ANA also are dropping the 320 for 737, and no interest in 380. Send that business our way, the $ is great value at present.
 
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:14 pm

Airbus, at the moment, is laying off contract employees at the Wichita site...not hiring...pending further projects. I would hazard to guess that their workforce will be down to 100 by summer, unless they get more work.

According to our newspaper, the Wichita Eagle, there are two contenders for the Boeing Wichita plant (the Commercial side)...Vought and GKN Aerospace. My personal feeling is that the plant will be sold off in parts...if it sells at all. Selling off the Wichita plant is in line with their long term goals of being an aircraft assembler. The military modification center is unaffected thus far.

The aviation industry is pretty crappy now, but hopefully, it'll rebound in the next year or so.
 
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Thu Apr 15, 2004 11:13 pm

"Japan sticking by Boeing".....so far yes, and the $ can be discussed!!!
"No intrest in 380".............so far yes! Lets see what the future has instore for Japan/Korea/China and Airbus  Big thumbs up

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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Thu Apr 15, 2004 11:27 pm

I have no doubt that Japan will buy 380, no other option. They will also buy the 7E7, they are making it anyway. My point is that there is nothing else which interests Japan in the Airbus family. There is therefore no reason for Airbus to invest in a market where there is no reciprical return. In the USA you have a huge amount of potential LCC business, and future market for wide bodies. It would make more sense to invest in a region which wants your product.
 
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:27 am

There is also a large Airbus building near Washington-Dulles Airport. Isn't engineering also done there?

 
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:39 am

There is also a large Airbus building near Washington-Dulles Airport. Isn't engineering also done there?

That's a logistics center.

There is another large Airbus building off Monroe Dr. at Worldgate Dr. that's their US headquarters.

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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Fri Apr 16, 2004 9:58 am

Wichita hired those people to get them off Boeings team. Stole design ideas from Boeing any paid them better money then boeing was going too.
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Fri Apr 16, 2004 10:19 am

As I see it, the incentives for Airbus to source from the U.S. and eventually establish their own production facility here are twofold:

1. To take advantage of the continuing weakness of the dollar to the euro and lower costs for part of their organization, thereby maintaining price competitiveness.

2. To undermine U.S. political resistance toward airline/government purchases of non-U.S. aircraft and mitigate any U.S. criticism of European government funding of Airbus.

A sound and likely effective strategy that should prove win-win for all parties involved. Similarly, look for Boeing to get more involved with European industry, as well.  Smile
 
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RE: Airbus Building Aircraft In The USA, Creating Jobs

Fri Apr 16, 2004 10:43 am

If I am correct, there are a number of components for Airbus aircraft made in the USA and Canada, including major structural components. Could someone here identify them?

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