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British Airways set to lose 66 jobs from Cardiff base

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The British Airways maintenance base in Cardiff is set to cut 66 jobs as the company considers 'restructuring proposals.'

BA say that they expect the job reductions to be covered by volunteers from their workforce.

We are consulting with our colleagues and union at our maintenance base in Cardiff about restructuring proposals to ensure we continue to deliver a sustainable and competitive service.

– British Airways spokesperson

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has expressed his concern regarding the proposals.

These proposals are worrying, particularly with a view to the firm’s long term future in the Vale.

Just last year the operation received a boost when it was chosen to work on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, so this news does come as something of a surprise.

Whilst reports suggest that these are going to be voluntary redundancies, there is some concern among staff that this could lead to compulsory job cuts if the numbers are insufficient.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh Conservative leader

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Cardiff Airport welcomes largest passenger plane

The world's largest commercial airliner, the Airbus A380, landed at Cardiff Airport today to test how the site could cope with a diversion and the potential for long-haul flights.

Earlier this year, the Welsh Government bought it with the hope of attracting more operators - and this was a big moment for the airport.

Largest airliner at Cardiff as test in case of diversion

The A380 has 50 percent more floor space than the Boeing 747, can reach a speed of 587mph and has a range of 9,500 miles.

The world's largest commercial airliner, the A380, landed at Cardiff Airport to test how it could cope with a plane of this size in the event of a diversion.

This morning's flight also helped build up the pilots' training hours, and allows British Airways staff in Cardiff to see the plane, as it prepares for long-haul operations.

There are no plans for the double-decker to operate commercial flights from Cardiff.

British Airways employs more than 800 people at its base at Cardiff airport, who carry out maintenance on the airline's fleet of Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft.

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Airbus A380 to land at Cardiff Airport

The A380 on the tarmac at London Heathrow Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The largest commercial aircraft ever built will fly into Cardiff Airport today. The Airbus A380 is due to land at 9am this morning.

The British Airways A380 will land at Cardiff Airport later this morning Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It will be the first time the plane has flown into Cardiff and will test the airport's ability to handle and aircraft its size in case one is diverted to it in future.

British Airways employs more than 800 people at its maintenance base (BAMC) at Cardiff airport.