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Prime Minister David Cameron confirms major deal for Broughton Airbus in Flintshire

The Airbus wing factory which manufactures wings for the A320, A330/A340 and A380 aeroplanes Photo: ITV News Wales

Aircraft maker Airbus which employs thousands at Broughton in Flintshire has announced a major new deal which will help protect jobs. The company have announced a new order for 100 more A320 family aircraft.

The news was welcomed by the Prime Minister, who visited airbus wing assembly site today in Broughton, North Wales. The Prime Minister joined Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia, Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes to tour the facility and meet some of the staff who will help build the aircraft. Mr Cameron said the AirAsia aircraft order was a boost for UK manufacturing.

This is excellent news and a tremendous boost for the workforce and for UK manufacturing.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the strength of the UK aerospace sector and the important role it plays in growing and rebalancing our economy.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

To date, more than 8,800 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,300 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.

This order comes as a huge boost for the teams in Broughton and we are delighted to welcome the Prime Minister and the Chief Executive of AirAsia to the plant to see the skills and expertise of the team in action today.

We must not underestimate the importance of aerospace engineering and manufacturing in the UK which is highly skilled and high value work, as demonstrated by the important role we play in providing a significant contribution to Airbus commercial airliners.

– Tom Williams, Executive Vice President, Programmes and senior UK representative for Airbus