GE Aviation, the US-owned provider of commercial and military jet engines and components, is creating 100 aircraft engineer jobs at its Wales facility.
The move was announced during an event at the Senedd today. The increasing demand for servicing of the GE90 engine – one of the world’s most powerful engines, fitted to the Boeing 777 aircraft – is behind the creation of the new, highly skilled jobs at Nantgarw, Cardiff.
GE Aviation is one of the largest employers in Wales. The Nantgarw servicing facility already employs 1,100 and has an annual turnover of nearly £1.25bn. Over 100 among apprentices and interns work on the site. The new jobs are expected to bring further benefit to the local economy.
Adrian Button, managing director of GE Aviation at Nantgarw, said: “In the face of difficult global economic conditions, GE has continued to invest in technology and jobs at GE Aviation Wales. By investing in strong talent we will ensure that GE Aviation Wales continues to offer a world-class service.”
There is more good news for the Welsh economy. The Nantgarw factory has closed a deal with travel operator TUI to service 130 engines over the next five years, and also has new facilities to service and test the new fuel-efficient GP7200 engine of the A380, the Airbus superjumbo.
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), GE’s aircraft leasing business, announced it ordered 12 new A330 aircrafts. The construction of the wings will take place at the Airbus plant at Broughton, Flintshire.