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Airbus lifts employees’ lives, transforms Alabama industry

MOBILE, Alabama – When the first Alabama-made Airbus A321 passenger jet took to the skies on its maiden flight a year ago, the pride in the air was palpable.

Company executives cheered the creation of a new center for commercial airplane production in the U.S., while state leaders hailed the launch of Alabama’s aerospace industry into a new stratosphere.

But perhaps no one was more proud than the people who made that plane, the Airbus workers who on that day could be heard saying “I built that” and “We did it.”

Since the successful initial test flight last March, the aviation giant’s $600 million advanced manufacturing plant at Mobile Aeroplex has continued to ramp up its output for major U.S. airlines.

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