A fuselage being assembled at Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast

Record aircraft orders to boost UK aerospace industry

Orders for new civilian aircraft have reached a record of over 12,000, worth tens of billions of pounds to the UK economy, according to a new report.

More than 3,000 UK companies, employing around 230,000 workers, are involved in the design and manufacture of aircraft parts, including engine blades, seats and lighting.

Aerospace trade organisation ADS Group said a bumper number of orders in August increased the global order book to 12,113 and 21,128 engines.

"UK industry has a global reputation for specialising in the design, development and manufacture of a broad range of parts, including wings, engines, passenger seating, landing gear, cabin lighting systems and much more,” said ADS Group’s Chief executive Paul Everitt.

"This latest data signals the strength of the sector. We estimate that the current backlog could equate to more than nine years work in hand for the aerospace sector, giving industry the confidence to focus on the long-term picture, investing in skills and research and development to develop the technologies of tomorrow."

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Our aerospace sector is a global success story. We continue to work hand in hand with industry. Together we have committed £2bn to create the cutting edge Aerospace Technology Institute, which is helping us to win contracts to develop and build the planes and helicopters of the future, here in the UK."

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