Britain’s largest union, Unite hailed the skills and hard work of Airbus workers today (Thursday 18 January) after the airline Emirates signed an agreement to order up to 36 additional A380 aircraft.

Describing the news as a ‘fantastic boost’ Unite said the order should guarantee current production rates for the foreseeable future and secure jobs at Airbus’ North Wales Broughton site, where the superjumbo’s wings are made.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “This is fantastic news and will ensure the continued production of one the world’s best loved passenger airliners.

“It is a massive vote of confidence in the skills and continued hard work of Airbus workers and will secure jobs at the plane maker’s Broughton site in North Wales where they make the wings for the A380.

“Airbus workers will be delighted by this announcement and hopeful that more orders will follow to secure the production of this superb aircraft for many years to come.

“The UK’s aerospace workers have once again proved that they are among the best in the world. The UK government must build on this good news for the sector, by stepping up and vigorously fighting the threat of job crushing US tariffs which could see thousands of jobs in the supply chain and at Bombardier in Northern Ireland going to the wall.”