Airbus has announced plans to establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver the family of A319, A320, and A321 aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, AL, it will be the company's first U.S.-based production facility. Construction of the assembly line will begin in summer 2013. Aircraft assembly is planned to start in 2015, with first deliveries from the facility beginning in 2016. Airbus anticipates the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018. In Alabama, Airbus already operates an engineering center in Mobile—also located at Brookley Aeroplex and employing more than 200 engineers and support staff—as well as an Airbus Military customer services operation supporting U.S. Coast Guard aircraft. The new Mobile assembly line, together with associated functions, should create as many as 1000 new high-skilled jobs. For video of Fabrice Brégier, Airbus CEO, discussing the announcement, click here.