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Airbus in partnership to build supersonic passenger jet

Credit: Aerion Corporation

More details are emerging of aircraft maker Airbus' partnership to build a supersonic passenger jet. It would be the first since Concorde.

The Aerion AS2 will fly at Mach 1.5 (or one and half times the speed of sound) saving three hours in flight time across the Atlantic.

Airbus employs 6,000 at its factory at Broughton in Flintshire.

Credit: Aerion Corporation

Airbus will provide technical assistance.. The plan is to have the first aircraft in the air by 2021 and in service two years later.

Credit: Aerion Corporation

Twenty orders for the jet have been placed by Flexjet LLC.

£8.1 million for training at Airbus

Broughton makes wings for all airbus aircraft. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today announce an £8.1 million funding package for training at Airbus at Broughton, in Flintshire, which employs 6,000 people.

It will enable the workforce to exploit new technology at the site.

The announcement will be made at Wales' UK Investment Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport.

This funding will help safeguard jobs at Broughton and ensure we remain at the cutting edge of new technology and innovation in a fiercely competitive global market.

Airbus makes a major contribution to the Welsh economy and employs 6,000 people in North Wales in a world class, highly advanced manufacturing facility responsible for assembling more than 900 Airbus aircraft wings a year.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

Airbus admits safety charge over death of worker

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of its workers, after one of them was crushed to death at its factory in Flintshire.

Donald Williams, 62, died after the incident at the Broughton plant in November 2011.

Airbus employs 6,000 people at its plant at Broughton in Flintshire.

At Mold Crown Court today, the company pleaded guilty to the charge, brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

Sentencing was adjourned until 17 July, at Caernarfon Crown Court.

An inquest has previously returned a verdict of misadventure.

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