An Airbus A321 is being assembled in the final assembly line hangar at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.
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Airbus Group NV Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier is laying plans to overtake Boeing Co. in the U.S., the largest aerospace market, starting with a new factory in Alabama.The planes seating upward of 200 passengers are becoming a mainstay of transcontinental flying by American, Delta, JetBlue and other airlines.Most of the jets built in Mobile will be delivered to North American customers, Airbus said.The first two single-aisle jets, bound for JetBlue and American, are taking shape at the new plant, whose 260-employee workforce will swell over time to 1,000 .Jet production costs and factory capacity are vital as Boeing and Airbus plot to boost output of single-aisle jets that serve as workhorses for the global airline fleet to upward of 60 aircraft a month. Airbus currently builds the A320 at the same 42-jet pace as Boeing makes its 737 .
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