With plans to assemble the KC-45 in Mobile (AL) in shreds, what’s next for EADS and Airbus in the US?
EADS and Airbus said creating a final assembly line (FAL) for the KC-X would lead to assembling A330-200Fs there as well. Without the tanker, the business case for the freighter FAL in Mobile didn’t exist, said officials.
The tanker contract is gone and Airbus now has a backlog of only some 50 A330-200Fs.
But Alabama officials believe Airbus should proceed with the A330 FAL anyway and some observers believe Airbus should put an A320 family surge line in Mobile–or a combination of A330s and A320s. Airbus believes there is at least another decade or more of life in both airplanes.
What should EADS/Airbus do?