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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.


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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.

Hopes that ship can be refloated

The ship carrying Airbus wings became stranded just outside the Port of Mostyn on January 30 Credit: Paul Pierce

Coastguards are planning to refloat a ship that is stranded on a sandbank just outside the Port of Mostyn.

The ship, The Ciudad de Cadiz, carries Airbus wings from North Wales to France.

Efforts to refloat the vessel had to be postponed due to lower than normal high tides.

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