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Airbus finds a fix for faulty wings

Aeroplane giant Airbus says it has found a fix for the problem it has had with the wings it makes at Broughton in Flintshire.

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Airbus admits safety charge over death of worker

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of its workers, after one of them was crushed to death at its factory in Flintshire.

Donald Williams, 62, died after the incident at the Broughton plant in November 2011.

Airbus employs 6,000 people at its plant at Broughton in Flintshire.

At Mold Crown Court today, the company pleaded guilty to the charge, brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

Sentencing was adjourned until 17 July, at Caernarfon Crown Court.

An inquest has previously returned a verdict of misadventure.

Airbus faces charges over death of worker

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has been accused of failing to ensure the safety of one of its workers, who was killed at its factory in Flintshire.

Donald Williams, 62, was crushed to death after an incident at its Broughton factory in November 2011.

Airbus employs 6,000 people, at its wing assembly plant in Flintshire. Credit: PA

Airbus this morning faced charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive, at Mold Magistrates Court.

It is alleged the company failed to ensure the safety of Mr Williams, failed to assess the risks while working with a tractor, and failed to provide adequate training when using the machinery.

The case has been adjourned until 10 April at Wrexham Magistrates Court.


Airbus Group annual results


#AirbusGroup 2013 Results * Revenues increase 5% to € 59.3 billion * EBIT before one-off +21% * Net income rises 22% to € 1.5 billion


* Group order intake in 2013: € 218.7 billion * As of 31 Dec. 2013, order book was worth € 686.7 billion * Defence order book € 47.3 billion

Airbus employs thousands at its wing-making plant at Broughton in Flintshire.

Economy Minister welcomes Airbus order

The Economy Minister, Edwina Hart AM, has welcomed the news that AirAsia has made an order with Airbus for 25 more A330-300s. The wings will be made at Airbus' Broughton plant in North Wales, which employs 6,000 people.

This is great news for Airbus and another feather in the cap for the highly skilled team at Broughton.

Airbus makes a massive contribution to the Welsh economy financially, as well in terms of employment, skills development, apprenticeships and supply chain opportunities.

I congratulate the company on winning yet another significant contract that in turn helps the long term sustainability of its operation in Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

Airbus order a 'significant boost' to Welsh Economy

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The wings will be made at the Airbus Broughton plant in North Wales Credit: PA

AirAsia has ordered 25 additional A330-300s Airbus aircrafts, providing a major boost to Wales' aerospace industry.

The Airbus contract with AirAsia announced in Paris today is the largest A330 order received by Airbus in a single purchase agreement.

The wings will be made at Airbus' Broughton plant in North Wales, which employs 6,000 people.

Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, said the order "further cements" the crucial role Wales plays in the aerospace industry.

Mr Jones said: "These deals play a significant part in boosting the Welsh economy and are a real validation of the skills, talents and capabilities of our workforce here in Wales."

£30bn Airbus order secures Broughton jobs

Airbus A380
Emirates and Etihad Airways have ordered 50 new A350 planes and 36 A320neos Credit: Airbus

Thousands of workers at the Airbus site in Broughton in North Wales have been given job security after the plane manufacturer secured deals worth more than £30 billion at the Dubai airshow.

The Dubai airline Emirates has ordered 50 Airbus A380 superjumbos and UAE airline, Etihad Airways want 50 A350 planes as well as 36 A320neos. The Broughton site produce the wings for all the aircraft.


Airbus celebrates milestone

Airbus employs thousands at Broughton. Credit: Airbus

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330 with wings made at its Broughton factory in Flintshire.

The aircraft, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways at a ceremony in Toulouse.

Cathay Pacific and its sister airline Dragonair is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with 56 in service.

First Minister and Welsh Secretary welcome A350 flight


Good luck to the team @airbus on the first flight of the A350 this morning #A350FirstFlight


.@davidjonesmp: @airbus' Broughton site continues to display its strength in the manufacturing of the world's most impressive aircraft."


.@davidjonesmp "I'm delighted that the wings of @airbus #A350 are embossed with the 'Made in Wales' stamp! I wish it a successful flight."

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