Boost for Filton workers as Airbus celebrates another multi-billion pound order

AIRBUS has ended a record-breaking year in a blaze of glory with one last multi-billion pound deal.

Turkish airline Pegasus has placed a £6 billion order with the plane maker for up 100 A320neo jets. This is the largest aircraft order in the history of Turkey’s civil aviation.

The deal was announced last week at a ceremony attended by Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication and Pegasus chairman Ali Sabanci and Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President for Europe, Asia and Pacific.

This is the manufacturer's seventh multi-billion pound order since August.

An Airbus spokesman said: "This latest contract is very good news for Airbus helping support jobs at our sites in the UK and across the wider UK supply chain. The announcement is an excellent end to the year coming on top of last week’s contract signing for 100 aircraft with AirAsia – a deal witnessed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

"The Airbus site at Filton, where 4,000 people work, help design and test the wings, fuel systems and landing gears for the A320neo family of aircraft and is a key centre of engineering excellence for the company."

The airline signed for up to 100 A320neo aircraft, of which 75 are firm orders.

The A320neo’s "Sharklet" wing tip devices are designed to cut fuel consumption by 15 per cent, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per jet per year.

Mr Sabanci said: "It is with great pride that we are placing the biggest order in the history of Turkish civil aviation with Airbus for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft.

"At Pegasus, we believe that everyone has the right to fly, and the A320neo with its 15 percent fuel burn reduction combined with superior cabin comfort made it without a doubt the best choice for achieving our ambitious future development plans."

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