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Flintshire jobs 'safe' after 5bn Airbus deal dropped

Union leaders at Airbus' Flintshire plant are "disappointed" but not surprised the company dropped a bid to supply the US Air Force with tankers.

It had been estimated that building wings for the refuelling tankers could have been worth up to £5bn to the Broughton plant, and safeguarded jobs.

Airbus' parent company EADS decided not to proceed with the bid when American partner Northrop Grumman pulled out.

Terry Dillon, works convenor at Broughton, said no jobs would be lost.

He said: "Obviously we're disappointed, but we've known for quite a while that there were problems and all the indications were that we weren't going to get it.

"It would have meant extra work here for quite a long time - probably 10 years - but it's not going to have any impact on jobs now or in the near future."

Northrop Grumman and EADS had won a contract in February 2008, but this was then cancelled following a Boeing appeal.

The latest move should clear the way for Boeing to win the contract to supply the 179 mid-air refuelling aircraft.

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