They've got enough orders for the medium term from US carriers alone to service solely the US market, but I can't imagine a non-US carrier would refuse Alabama frames over the Canadian produced alternatives (aside from Air Canada ofc)
No, forget it. Contracts and agreements. A220 production in Montreal is for the world. Mobile
is for US market only.
It is the same for the A320 family FALs worldwide. Hamburg and Toulouse for the world (including US and China). Mobile
FAL solely for US market ad the Tianjin FAL in China for the China market.
I'm not disputing that. I'm just saying hypothetically if Mobile
production exceeded US demand I highly doubt there'd be a stockpiling of frames...
Pretty sure, the Mobile
FAL will not be able to fulfill the US demand for a long time; it seems to be just a FAL for 4 A220/month, there are just around 440 workers on the A220 line (or will be), instead around 1000 in a full line with a capacity of around 8 or 10 /month (if I compare them to the A320 lines)..
Still it seems, there are contracts with the Canada government, that global production will stay in Montreal for the next 20 years. No one is selling a complete clean sheet product for just 1 $ and has not something else stated in the contracts, they are not stupid. (Mitsubishi has bought instead the CRJ family for around 600 million $ and is allowed to close the line as soon as possible, this is the difference to the 1 $) So global production will/will stay be per contract in Montreal, US production will be performed in Montreal and US (Mobile
) and as I have recently learned, not only A220-300 production, also the A220-100 is allowed to be produced in Mobile
(if done, is another question).
Regarding further ramp of of the production over the 160 A220 per year globally; as example, the biggest issue now for Airbus in Hamburg is to find additional workers and engineers. It seems to be the main reason, why the next A321 FAL will be build in Toulouse (as not as prior/years ago internally clarified, all A321 production lines will stay in Hamburg). Also Toulouse has not enough workers and engineers, but more than Hamburg. Next to suppliers, not able to deliver material and to ramp up the production, are the lack of workers and engineers in Europe in the meanwhile.
In Montreal, Airbus has bought already (or is still trying) much land around the existing facilities of the A220 FAL (Airbus and Bombardier); it is around 8 times the size of the existing area. The Bombardier workers and engineers are good to excellent experienced and trained. Mitsubishi will close the CRJ production 2020? or 2021?
I would know, where I (as armchair Arbus Ceo) would build the next FAL to further increase the A220 production; there were the workers and engineers will be available. And pretty sure, the Canadian government will support as good as possible and will do nearly everything.