Airbus http://apr.org en Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-lawmakers-near-final-passage-airbus-bill <P>Legislation to help protect Airbus from lawsuits involving planes built at the new plant in Mobile has moved closer to final passage in the Alabama Legislature.</P> <P>The House voted unanimously Thursday for the bill that places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant. A lawsuit would have to involve a problem with the airplane that arose within 12 years of when the plane was sold.</P> <P>The bill passed the Senate earlier and was approved in the House Thursday. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:02:30 +0000 The Associated Press 26735 at http://apr.org Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill European Giant Airbus Set To Open First American Plant In Alabama http://apr.org/post/european-giant-airbus-set-open-first-american-plant-alabama Airbus, the European aviation giant, announced that it was opening its first assembly plant in the United States.<p><a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Airbus-to-build-1st-US-assembly-plant-in-Alabama-3677418.php">The AP reports</a> this is a significant and symbolic step in its rivalry with the American Boeing.<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"The French-based company said the Alabama plant is expected to cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production, likely to be four planes a month by 2017.<p>"'We are going to create great jobs and genera Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:50:20 +0000 National Public Radio 13985 at http://apr.org European Giant Airbus Set To Open First American Plant In Alabama