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Airbus praised as contract signed for 25 planes

Published date: 19 December 2013 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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AIRBUS has received a new order for 25 planes.

AirAsia X, a long-haul affiliate of the AirAsia Group, has placed a firm order for the batch of A330-300 aircraft.

The contract is the largest A330 order received by Airbus – which has a wing-making factory at Broughton – in a single purchase agreement.

Welsh Government Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “This is great news for Airbus and another feather in the cap for the highly-skilled team at Broughton.

“Airbus makes a massive contribution to the Welsh economy financially, as well in terms of employment, skills development, apprenticeships and supply chain opportunities.

“I congratulate the company on winning yet another significant contract which in turn helps the long-term sustainability of its operation in Wales.”

Fabrice Brégier, president and chief executive of Airbus, said: “AirAsia X has proven that it is possible to build a highly successful low-cost, long-haul business.

“We look forward to working with AirAsia X as it continues to innovate in the low-cost, long-haul market.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The growth of air travel across Asia represents an important opportunity for Britain’s world leading aerospace industry and one of our most successful companies – Airbus – is seizing it.

“The UK manufactures some of the most complex parts of these planes and this new order will safeguard highly-skilled manufacturing jobs in the company and its suppliers based all around the UK.

“The Government’s industrial strategy is giving business the confidence to invest, creating more high skilled, long term jobs in the UK.

“We’re working together with the aerospace industry to deliver a long-term plan, backed by £2 billion joint investment, which will cement the global position of British aerospace and build a stronger economy here in the UK.”

The contract was signed in Paris yesterday by Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive of AirAsia X, and Mr Brégier. The first deliveries will be made in 2015.

In total the AirAsia Group has now ordered 536 aircraft from the manufacturer.

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