AIRBUS has announced its first deal with a major international carrier.
The aircraft manufacturers have signed a deal for 31 of its A350 XWB planes in a deal worth nearly £5.9bn with Japan Airlines (JAL).
This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft and the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB.
As part of the deal, JAL are able to exercise an option to buy 25 more Airbus planes, should they wish to do so.
Officials from both parties expect entry into service from 2019.
The was welcomed by David Hanson MP who took to Twitter to say: “Fantastic tribute to airbus workforce skills here in Flintshire.”
Prime Minister David Cameron also tweeted his support later that day saying: “Great news on JAL @Airbus order. Wings from Broughton & Rolls-Royce engines from Derby. British aerospace succeeding in #GlobalRace.”
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