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First Alabama-made Airbus moves from production to paint

MOBILE, Alabama – The Airbus assembly facility at Mobile Aeroplex reached another milestone this week when the first Alabama-made jetliner left the production floor at the new $600 million plant and entered the paint shop.

Airbus announced the development at the Alabama facility on Wednesday with a message on Twitter: “1st aircraft now out of production and in paint. Congrats to the team!” An accompanying photo showed a spotted green A321 passenger jet and a throng of workers from the Mobile plant holding a banner saying, “First Airbus Aircraft Proudly Made in the U.S.A.”

Ireland-based MAAS Aviation, which operates the paint shop at the Airbus complex at Mobile Aeroplex, posted a striking image of the A321ceo entering the cavernous paint facility.

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