Prime Minister's praise for workforce as £326m order announced at Airbus
THE Prime Minister praised the work of aviation workers in Bristol on a trip to the Far East yesterday.
David Cameron was on the second leg of a trade mission when he announced an airline in Indonesia has signed a multi-million deal with Airbus.
As well as visiting Indonesia, Mr Cameron has been to Japan and will travel on to Malaysia and Singapore later today.
The aim of the trip has been to build on trade links between the UK and fast-growing foreign markets.
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And Mr Cameron pointed to Airbus as a shining example of how to build links and tap into business opportunities across the globe.
The announcement that Airbus has landed a £326 million order for 11 A330 from the airline Garuda was conveniently timed to coincide with the high-level visit.
And the Prime Minister used the opportunity to talk up the skills of the plane manufacturer's UK workforce.
Mr Cameron said: "This deal between Airbus and Garuda Indonesian Airlines is good news for the UK aerospace industry.
"It will safeguard jobs at the design facility near Bristol and the manufacturing plant in North Wales.
"It is testament to the expertise of Airbus's British workforce and a vote of confidence in Britain's manufacturing base."
He added: "I hope it will offer other British companies involved in the £1.5-billion supply chain the opportunity to secure more contracts."
Conservative MP Jack Lopresti's constituency includes the Filton factory. He said: "I am delighted at today's news. Last year Airbus had a record year for orders and today's announcement confirms that Airbus continues to go from strength to strength – it's great news for the UK and great news for all those who work at the Airbus site in Filton.
"This is the first time a UK Prime Minister has attended a signing ceremony for an Airbus aircraft deal and is a demonstration of the Government's commitment to UK manufactured exports and firms such as Airbus. It's a very proud moment for Airbus and for our local area which contributes so much to the aviation industry."
Tom Williams, who is head of the company in the UK, said: "This is a boost for Airbus in the UK where the wings are designed and assembled and the landing gear and fuel systems are developed and tested.
"Asia is a key market, and we expect there to be significant demand from the region in the future.
"The A330 is an immensely popular aircraft with operators and passengers alike, with proven high levels of efficiency and passenger comfort, and unbeatable operating costs."