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First Airbus plane manufactured in U.S. takes flight

Aviation history was recently made in Mobile, Alabama.

The first aircraft manufactured by Airbus in the U.S. took to the skies Mar. 21 for its maiden flight, reported AIN Online. It took off from the Mobile Aeroplex in Mobile, where the company opened its manufacturing plant last year.

The aircraft, an A321, will be delivered to JetBlue early in the second quarter, according to the source. Almost all of the aircraft Airbus manufactures until 2018 will be in the A320 family, primary A321s.

Airbus, based in Europe, invested $600 million dollars in the new facility in Mobile, which features a 9,618-foot runway.

According to the company, the new plant will create 1,000 new jobs in the state. Boeing, the largest airplane manufacturer in the world, is planning to slash 4,000 jobs in the face of competition with Airbus, the Guardian reported. Based in Chicago, the company stated that the losses would be in the commercial airlines division and would encompass hundreds of managers and executives. Some 10 percent of jobs in the test and evaluation division would also be cut.