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Airbus names Alabama based company to build new Mobile assembly line

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

FOX10 News has learned that Airbus has named an Alabama-based company to be in charge of building the new assembly line for the A220 series plane in Mobile.

It will be HPM, or Hoar Program Management.

That's the same company that built the first assembly line.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson is in Farnborough, England for the Farnborough International Airshow.

Monday, he toured the Airbus wing factory in Broughton, England.

The factory builds wings for Airbus planes, including the A320's which are assembled in Mobile.

Stimpson would like to envision having such a plant in Mobile.

He said, "And they build all the wings for every Airbus aircraft, and then they put them in airplanes and ship them on a Beluga,  which is what they call it, to Hamburg and to Toulouse.  And they put them on a ship to come to Mobile, but we saw some very interesting stuff, got some interesting information and, so, there may be future opportunity for the city of Mobile other than assembly.

The Beluga is an aircraft built by Airbus modified to carry aircraft parts and large cargo.

Stimpson said Tuesday will be a very important day as local leaders will meet with about 200 executives from Airbus and its suppliers.

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