By Daniel Hunter
The Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have welcomed a deal for Airbus to provide 15 new A330 planes to Turkish Airlines, which is expected to be worth at least £400m to the UK.
“This order for 15 planes is great news for the UK aerospace industry and testament to the expertise and commitment of Airbus' British workforce in Bristol and North Wales," The Prime Minister said.
“It proves how British business can succeed in the global race, by linking up with one of the world's fastest growing economies to secure valuable contracts."
The Deputy Prime Minister, who returned from a trade visit to Turkey last week, said the news was most welcomed.
"I saw for myself last week on a trade visit to Turkey that our close relationship offers fantastic opportunities for British businesses. Today's announcement is a fantastic example of our strengthening trade ties," he said.
"Britain's aerospace industry is world leading - built on the skills and expertise of a first rate work force.
"This is excellent news for Airbus staff in Bristol and North Wales and the industry as a whole."
The aircraft will be operated on medium and long haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul.
On a Ministerial visit to Istanbul today, Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said:
“This is a great deal for Airbus and for the UK. The A330 is a fabulous aircraft, which I am delighted to see is proving to be a great success in Turkish Airlines’ operation.
“Our aspiration is to double trade between the UK and Turkey by 2015 and British and Turkish businesses are rising to that challenge. Manufacturing is a great British success story, and we have the second largest aerospace industry in the world. I’m very pleased that Turkish Airlines have recognised our expertise.”
“We have identified Turkey as one of the emerging powers with which the UK wants to strengthen its relationship, reflecting Turkey’s impressive economic performance and opportunities for British business. This can be a win-win partnership. ”
Government ministers have led a series trade missions to Turkey already this year to cement the trade partnership of the two nations, including a visit last week by the Deputy Prime Minister.
This weekend Turkey will host the “Istanbul World Forum”, which brings together heads of governments, academics, businesspeople, NGO leaders, artists, authors and media personalities from around the world. Lord Green is attending to represent the UK.
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