Airbus’s decision to build an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., is just the start of a campaign to greatly expand its supplier base in the U.S., says the airframer’s top North American official. “We’re spending $12 billion in the U.S. now, and we want to double that over the next 15-20 years,” Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor told Aviation Week at the Farnborough air show. “We’re actively recruiting and trying to qualify additional suppliers for subassemblies and ...


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