Video: AIRBUS 1st A220/CSeries Assembled In Mobile, Alabama - But...
Airbus per se is basically making... sweet nothing
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13:42 (17:42) UTC - August 12, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for Fliegerfaust.com
(Above video is from Airbus)
The day is to be remembered as the date of the first assembly of a nameplate CSeries/A220 in the United States, the country that allowed Boeing to sue Bombardier for its CSeries and forced the Quebec government and Bombardier to sell it at a discount to Airbus.
We can now grasp the full extent of the threat, --real or perceived--, the appearance of the CSeries must have represented to a behemoth already entangled in so many 737 MAX dubious design issues, Boeing trying to make something new out of the old.
For instance, did you know that the new CSeries (A220) final assembly line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama was paid for with an extra $1 billion from Bombardier, further diluting the Quebec government position in the CSeries ownership?
Essentially, Quebec taxpayers are part of the small army of fund providers paying for the investment in Alabama and the creation of 400 odd jobs in the United States, allowing Airbus to look nicer in Washington, DC.
The cockpit/nose assembly of the aircraft is made in Montreal/St-Laurent by Bombardier. The center fuselage, by Bombardier subcontractor in China and Bombardier UK (Belfast). The rear/bulkhead is made by Bombardier Montreal/St-Laurent. The A220 wing is made by Bombardier UK (Belfast). The engine is made by Pratt & Whitney US in Mirabel, Quebec.
Thus, Airbus per se is basically making... sweet nothing, --merely assembling the parts of a multinational Lego kit for adults, as thought out by Bombardier Mirabel employees.
I sure would love to see a movie about the "real" story of the Bombardier CSeries one day...