The Airbus factory in Flintshire is celebrating a landmark event in its 40-year history.

The plant in Broughton has just handed over its 6,000th aircraft, an A380, to the airline Emirates in Hamburg.

Tom Enders, Airbus chief executive, said: “Today’s delivery is our 25th A380 so far, and more importantly, the 6,000th Airbus produced in our 40-year history.

“It is particularly significant that it is both an A380 and for Emirates, as they were involved in its development from early on. We are proud to have the words ‘Airbus 6,000th Aircraft’ inscribed alongside the Emirates livery.”

Emirates is the single largest customer for the A380.