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Airbus order a 'significant boost' to Welsh Economy

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

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.

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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

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Stranded ship arrives at Holyhead for safety checks

The ship was left high and dry after slipping its moorings at Mostyn. Credit: Paul Pierce

A cargo ship that was stranded on a sandbank near the Port of Mostyn for 11 days has now arrived at Holyhead for extensive safety checks.

The Ciudad de Cadiz, which carries aeroplane wings from the Airbus plant in Flintshire to France, was refloated yesterday.

It was examined at Mostyn, and no damage found, before travelling round to Anglesey this morning.

There, it is having a more extensive underwater safety survey.

Refloated ship to be inspected

Paul Pierce took this photograph of the ship stranded on a sandbank last week. Credit: Paul Pierce

Liverpool Coastguard says three tugs were used to refloat the Ciudad de Cadiz at around 10am this morning.

The ship is now back at the quayside at the Port of Mostyn.

Surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will go aboard at 1pm to examine it, to see if there's any damage, and if it's safe to go to sea.

It will then go to Holyhead, where a dive survey will then inspect for any external damage.

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