Airbus welcomes £4.5bn plane order from Philippine Airlines

Airbus has welcomed a £4.5bn order for 54 new aircraft from Philippine Airlines as "excellent news".

The aircraft are being bought as part of a fleet modernisation programme, with deliveries expected to start next year.

The wings will be made at the company's factory in Broughton, Flintshire.

Philippine Airlines said the aircraft would be used on its domestic and overseas routes to meet a growing demand in trade and tourism.

Paul McKinlay, head of the Broughton plant, said: "This order by Philippine Airlines is excellent news for Airbus and for the staff at Broughton where the wings for these aircraft will be made.

"The Broughton plant continues to play a major role as part of a hugely successful international company."

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