Airbus has named GKN Aerospace executive Daryl Taylor to head its US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.
Taylor will replace Ulrich Weber as VP and GM of the $600 million A320 family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile. The facility is under construction and scheduled to begin producing completed A320 family aircraft next year, with a JetBlue Airways A321 slated to be the facility’s first delivery in spring/summer 2016.
Airbus said Weber’s role was to oversee the commissioning and construction of the facility, and Taylor will assume responsibility “for ensuring the assembly and delivery of on-time, on-quality and on-cost aircraft to customers.”
Taylor will oversee all systems and support staff at the Mobile facility, reporting directly to Airbus Americas president Barry Eccleston.
Eccleston said in a statement that Airbus conducted an “extensive and demanding search” before choosing Taylor, who has been VP and GM of GKN Aerospace facilities in Kansas and California. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in aircraft manufacturing and facility operations,” Eccleston said.
From 2010 to 2013, Taylor worked at Bombardier, serving as GM of the Q400 program. Taylor will train for his new role at Airbus facilities in Europe before assuming leadership of the Mobile facility “in coming months,” Airbus said.
(Aaron Karp - ATWOnline News)