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.
An inquest has opened into the deaths of a couple killed when a light aircraft crashed at Hawarden Airport last Friday.
At a brief hearing in Ruthin, North East Wales coroner John Gittins formally opened the inquests into the deaths of Gary Anthony Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 43, both of Dingle Bank, Chester.
The provisional cause of death in Mr Vickers’s case was head and chest injuries, while Miss Clarke, who was a passenger in the plane, died later at the Countess of Chester Hospital of shock and haemorrhage.
Adjourning the inquests to a date to be fixed, the coroner said that investigations into the tragedy were expected to be extensive.
The father of Gary Vickers who was killed in a plane crash on Friday in Broughton has paid tribute to him.
Gordon Vickers said: "The accident with my Son Gary has been a great loss. We extend our condolences to Kaye's family.
"We would like to thank everybody who has sent their condolences.
"Gary was flying from Paris to Hawarden with his partner Kay Clarke when the accident happened.
"He was without doubt a very accomplished Pilot. Very meticulous in his approach to Flying. We both started flying about 15 years ago."
Mr Vickers said flying was his son's passion, adding: "Sadly there is always a risk. It is very sad that two lives have ended this way. We would like to thank the emergency services at Hawarden for their prompt attendance."
A woman who died following a plane crash at Hawarden Airport on Friday has been named as Kaye Clarke. The pilot of the plane, Gary Vickers was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.