Airbus and Bombardier closed a deal Sunday that paves the way for Bombardier's C Series planes to be built here in Mobile.
Aviation experts expect things will start moving quickly now, with a new assembly line and many more jobs.
Local leaders expect 400 new jobs at the new assembly line to be built at the Airbus facility.
First, the shovels have to go in the ground, but that process itself creates jobs.
Bombardier C Series Vice President Rob Dewar visited Mobile this past week and told Fox10 News, "Our plan is to start construction this year. Our plans are mostly completed."
No construction date has been announced, but the new assembly line is expected to create several hundred jobs for construction workers, just as the first assembly line created.
Will Airbus be able to market these planes to airliners?
Aviation industry experts like Sean Broderick with Aviation Week doesn't think that will be a problem.
He said, "Airbus has proven that they can sell airplanes to all sorts of airlines all around the world. There's no reason to think that they're not going to have that kind of success with the C Series."
Airbus is building four planes a month in Mobile and is expected to go to six in the near future.
Scott Hamilton with the aviation consulting firm Leeham Company believes the new C Series assembly line will get up to similar speed.
Hamilton said, "The initial 12 months will be two per month, then three per month, than four per month, so that will be the ramp up over the next several years, and that means hundreds of jobs here locally."
Broderick expects the new Mobile line to primarily produce aircraft for the U.S. market.
For the C Series, that would only be Delta right now, but aviation experts are watching reports and developments that could lead to another low cost airline for the U.S. market
Broderick said, "A gentleman named David Neeleman, who was behind Jet Blue, is planning on starting an airline here in the U.S. It's going to be all C Series and he's about to order 60 C Series airplanes that will also come off that Mobile line."
Broderick says more planes also means more suppliers in Mobile.
Borderick said, "It impacts, clearly, travel and people that come to the area who need to work on the program, so, it's jobs, it's business, but it's also companies that come there and set up shop."
Dewar said, "You guys have great capability, so we're doing a big investment to come here and bring our C series assembly line here to Mobile.".
The first plane is expected to roll out of Mobile's new assembly line in mid-2020.
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