Plane Speaking to Boost Aerospace; Top Talks to Give Welsh Aircraft Industry a Lift

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), March 10, 2004 | Go to article overview
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Plane Speaking to Boost Aerospace; Top Talks to Give Welsh Aircraft Industry a Lift


Byline: DAVID JONES

A CONFERENCE is to be held at Airbus' Broughton site in Flintshire this week to look at how the EU can help the Welsh aerospace industry.

The event brings together a panel of top level speakers to discuss the importance of continued investment in research and technology.

It is being held at a time when the European aircraft builder sets out its stall to increase its market penetration in areas such as India and China, and as more airlines reveal plans to fly Airbus planes on long haul flights.

South African Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A340-300E as it moves into the second phase of its comprehensive fleet modernisation programme.

The company is acquiring 41 new Airbus jets, including nine A340600s and six A340-300Es for ultralong and long haul flights. Each of the six A340-300E planes seat 295 people. It has also ordered 11A319s and 15 A320s for use on its domestic and African route network.

China Eastern Airlines will take on Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic on a key route when it will begins a three times a week services between London's Heathrow airport and Shanghai from April 1.

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