Wales

Indonesia Airbus deal boost for Broughton and Filton plants

The Airbus plants in Flintshire and Bristol have been boosted after a £326m deal to sell 11 A330 aircraft to airline Garuda Indonesia was agreed.

The manufacturing site in Broughton, which makes wings for the aircraft, has 5,000 employees. While the design facility in Filton has 4,500 workers.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced the deal on his trade tour of East and South East Asia.

Mr Cameron said the deal was "good news for the UK aerospace industry".

"It will safeguard jobs at the design facility near Bristol and the manufacturing plant in Broughton in north Wales," he added.

"It is testament to the expertise of Airbus's British workforce and a vote of confidence in Britain's manufacturing base."

The deal is the latest boost to the site six months after the opening of a new £400m plant making carbon-fibre wings for Airbus's new A350 airliner which has more than 550 orders opened on the site.

Last year, Airbus has reported a record of 1,419 orders but warned that demand for new planes will fall sharply this year.

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