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First U.S.-built Airbus A321 closes in on delivery

Workers roll out the first U.S.-assembled Airbus A321 from the paint shop at the company’s plant in Mobile, Ala.
Workers roll out the first U.S.-assembled Airbus A321 from the paint shop at the company’s plant in Mobile, Ala. Courtesy photo

The first Airbus A321 assembled at the European airplane maker’s new Mobile, Ala., plant has rolled out of the paint shop, Airbus said on Friday.

First flight and delivery of the narrowbody jet, to JetBlue Airways, is expected this spring, the company said.

Airbus opened the $600 million plant in September 2015. It is led by former Hawker Beechcraft operations director Daryl Taylor.

The plant sits on 116 acres and employs 250 people.

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