A £326M deal for Airbus was announced yesterday (Wednesday) – safeguarding thousands of jobs at Broughton.
The deal to sell 11 A330 aircraft to Garuda Indonesia was announced as Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Indonesia while on his tour of east and south-east Asia.
He joined senior representatives from Airbus in the Indonesian capital Jakarta for the signing of the contract.
The deal will safeguard the 6,000 jobs at the firm’s wing-making site in Broughton.
Mr Cameron said the deal was ‘great news for the UK aerospace industry’.
He added: “It will safeguard jobs at the design facility near Bristol and the manufacturing plant in Broughton.
“It is testament to the expertise of Airbus’s British workforce and a vote of confidence in Britain’s manufacturing base.
“I hope it will offer other British companies involved in the £1.5bn supply chain the opportunity to secure more contracts.”
Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami said: “This is excellent news for the company again and particularly good for the area in what are difficult economic times. We need to continue to build on the success of Airbus for the long-term future.”
Airbus executive vice president Tom Williams CBE said: “This is a boost for Airbus in the UK.
“Asia is a key market for Airbus and we expect there to be significant demand from the region in the future, which can only be good news for the UK and for Airbus globally.”
Carl Longland, director of environment at Flintshire County Council, said: “This news further reinforces the role of Flintshire as one the leading centres of advanced manufacturing in the UK and will contribute to the continued buoyancy of the Flintshire economy.
“Flintshire is well recognised as an important economic location in the region and it is the presence of companies like Airbus, competing successfully in the global marketplace, that underpins this.”