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Mobile Airport Authority Signs 40 Year Lease Extension With Airbus Americas Engineering


Extension Supports Engineering Capability at Brookley


February, 2017 Mobile, AL:  (MAA) The Mobile Airport Authority today announced that Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc. has signed a 40-year lease extension for the Airbus Engineering Center at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.


The Airbus Engineering Center opened in January 2007 with a goal of housing 150 engineers primarily focused on cabin engineering and design on the new A350 XWB aircraft. Today, the center is home to more than 200 engineers and support staff working on all of the commercial aircraft products in the Airbus family.


Airbus also has two other facilities on Mobile Airport Authority property: Airbus Defense & Space Military Aircraft at Mobile Regional Airport, and an A320 Family production facility at the Aeroplex at Brookley.


"Mobile and the Mobile Airport Authority are proud to be key business and real estate partners with Airbus. We have co-developed three different facilities on our two campuses all with significant long-term lease relationships. We look forward to continuing our dedicated support of Airbus’s drive for global competitiveness," said Roger Wehner of Mobile Airport Authority.


"Airbus is pleased to extend our commitment to Mobile and our relationship with the Mobile Airport Authority, which is a key member of the team that continues to put Mobile on the map as an aerospace hub in the U.S.," said Barry Eccleston, CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc.


About Mobile Airport Authority

Established in 1980, The Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) operates the Mobile Regional Airport, a 3,000-acre commercial airport and industrial complex, the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and the adjacent Mobile Downtown Airport, a combined 1,700-acre complex. The Airport Authority is self-sustaining and does not receive any operational funding from tax payers. The Aeroplex offers compelling land, sea, air and ground logistical solutions. It has long been home to several MRO operations and FAA Part 145 repair stations. FEDEX, Continental Motors, VT MAE, Star Aviation and Aerostar all call the Aeroplex home employing over 2,000 people. Most recently, Airbus chose Mobile and MAA’s Mobile Aeroplex as its first commercial aircraft production facility in North America. The $600 million dollar facility will produce the A320 family of aircraft. The complex is now home to many of the world’s leading aerospace suppliers and growing daily. The airport authority has a broad spectrum of turnkey solutions from single office common use services, to build-to-suit lease back programs.

For more information:


Please contact Roger Wehner, Executive Director at or 251 438-7334 or Janis Pearman, Chief of Staff at or 251 438-7334.


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