Airbus and Boeing compete fiercely for plane orders, resulting in new UK jobs

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The Airbus next-generation A350 plane took centre stage at the Paris Air Show with its maiden voyage, winning multi-billion-dollar deals ahead of a much-anticipated fly-over, stealing the limelight before the start of the air show, a key event where Airbus and Boeing compete fiercely for plane orders.

The Airbus A350 is designed to be more fuel-efficient, and a direct competitor to US rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. It is seen as vital to the future of Airbus, which competes with Boeing to supply the majority of the world's airlines with new planes.

The European plane maker Airbus is currently ahead of its arch-rival, Boeing, in new plane orders or agreements, winning recent orders from Easyjet, Doric and Air France-KLM.

The plane's wings were designed at an Airbus facility in Filton near Bristol, and are manufactured at Broughton in Wales which now leads to approximately 300 new jobs being created at its plants in Flintshire and Bristol. It is part of a Europe-wide expansion by the aircraft manufacturer which is to hire 3,000 more workers this year.
Bosses say an additional 10,000 people were taken on globally between 2011 and 2012 as its order books continued to grow. An extra 3,000 vacancies will mainly be filled in Europe linked to Airbus' A320neo and its A350 XWB twin jet.

The company hopes to start delivering the first A350s to customers by the end of 2014, whereas Boeing announced the 787-10 Dreamliner for 2018.

Boeing has secured orders from United Continental Holdings, GE Capital Aviation Services, Air Lease Corp and Singapore Airlines amongst others.