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Best November puts aircraft production record in sight
November reached new heights for aircraft deliveries, as both the highest month of this year so far, and the best November on record.
The month saw 146 aircraft delivered, pushing the running total for 2017 to 1285, now 23 ahead of the production pace set in 2016. November’s deliveries represent up to £2.8bn in value to UK industry, taking the overall total for the year to £25bn.
With Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier announcing major orders at November’s Dubai Airshow, order books are also above 2016 levels, as the ongoing trend of rising demand around the world continues.
ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “Around the world the aerospace industry is benefiting from rising demand, and UK production is rising to meet it.
“The UK is playing a vital role in this success, with the aircraft delivered so far this year worth £25bn to our economy, spreading prosperity and creating high value jobs right across the country.
“While Brexit is creating headwinds and there are challenges from international competitors, this sector is set to continue its upward trajectory. I am confident UK aerospace and its highly skilled workforce will deliver another record year for aircraft production in 2017.”