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Boeing Lands on Airbus Turf, With First European Factory in U.K.

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Spectators watch a Boeing Co. 737 Max 7 jetliner land on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in Farnborough, U.K., on July 16.

Spectators watch a Boeing Co. 737 Max 7 jetliner land on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in Farnborough, U.K., on July 16.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boeing Co. has touched down on the turf of its European rival, Airbus SE.

The U.S. planemaker on Thursday opens its first European factory, a 40 million-pound ($52 million) facility in Sheffield, England, that will make system-control components used for 737 and 737 Max narrowbody and 767 widebody jets.