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Airbus Plant, Return of Carnival Cruise Routes a Boon for Mobile's Economy

It's been a big year for the city of Mobile, Ala. Airbus Group (AIR - Get Report) opened a $600 million aircraft manufacturing plantand Carnival Corporation (CCL - Get Report) said it will resume cruise routes after leaving the port city four years ago.

"Airbus hopes to build four airplanes a month," said Mayor Sandy Stimpson of Mobile, Ala. "It's difficult to project what it means for the city, but possibly 4,000 jobs over the next few years."

The aircraft manufacturing giant hopes to build 40 to50 planes a year. The plant is Airbus' first one in the U.S.

"Mobile is now the...