Airbus deal to protect jobs

Aircraft maker Airbus is due to announce a major deal that will help protect 9,000 jobs UK-wide. The company employs around 6,000 in Wales.

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Welsh Government Ministers welcome new contract secured by Airbus

Airbus has been given anchor company status by the Welsh Government in recognition of its strategic importance to the Welsh economy. Credit: ITV News Wales

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Business Minister Edwina Hart have welcomed the announcement by Airbus today that it has secured a $9bn (£5.5bn) order for 100 A320 planes from AirAsia.

The wings for the A320 series are made at the company’s Broughton facility in Flintshire and AirAsias's order for 64 of the A320neo and 36 of the A320ceo aircraft will safeguard 1,500 Airbus jobs in the UK and 7,500 in its supply chain.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said:

"This is excellent news and another important boost for the Airbus Broughton facility...I would like to congratulate Airbus on securing this significant contract that will safeguard hundreds of well paid high quality jobs in North Wales.”

Business Minister Edwina Hart said:

"This is another vote of confidence in the skilled workforce at Broughton and great news for Wales... Wales makes a significant contribution to the UK aerospace industry and punches well above its weight"

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