Airbus wing assembly plant in Wales flying high after enormous order from China for 292 aircraft

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It’s celebrations all over for Airbus’ wing assembly plant in Broughton after four Chinese airlines have ordered a total of 292 aircraft today with a list price worth nearly £31 billion.

Building on a proud 100-year British aviation heritage, Airbus is part of the very fabric of the UK.

Its 12,500-strong UK workforce is part of a global family of 130,000 employees around the world.

The company’s factory in Broughton, Flintshire is one of the biggest employers in North Wales with more than 5,000 staff. The factory produces the wings for all Airbus’ aircraft including the A320, A330, A340, A350 and the A380 superjumbo.

Airbus has confirmed the signature of orders with Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, and Shenzhen Airlines for a total of 292 A320 Family aircraft, demonstrating the positive recovery momentum and prosperous outlook for the Chinese aviation market.

The details of this immense order break down as follows –

  • China Eastern Airlines – A320neo (100)
  • Air China – A320neo (64)
  • Shenzen Airlines – A320neo (32)
  • China Southern – A320neo (96) plus an additional 19 of the type via lease agreements.

This latest order represents a daily order record for Airbus, which appears to be stretching its lead over its US-based rival in terms of orders for new planes in 2022. Once the relevant criteria are met, these orders will enter the backlog.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International said:

“These new orders demonstrate the strong confidence in Airbus from our customers. It is also a solid endorsement from our airline customers in China of the performance, quality, fuel efficiency and sustainability of the world’s leading family of single aisle aircraft.”

“We commend the excellent work by George Xu and the entire Airbus China team as well as our customers’ teams for having brought to conclusion these long and extensive discussions that have taken place throughout the difficult COVID pandemic.” 

By the end of May 2022, the in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese operators totalled over 2,070 aircraft.

The A320neo Family incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 20 percent fuel and CO2 savings, as well as a 50 percent noise reduction.

At the end of May 2022 the A320neo Family had totalled more than 8,000 orders from over 130 customers. Since its Entry into Service six years ago, Airbus has delivered over 2,200 A320neo Family aircraft contributing to 15 million tons of CO2 saving.

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