Airbus outsources to Korea

Airbus is outsourcing to Korean Aerospace Industries some work from its wing-assembly plant in Broughton, north Wales, drawing fire from unions who said the move gave an unnecessary competitive advantage to foreign rivals.

Airbus, the aircraft-making arm of Europe's EADS, said yesterday KAI had been awarded work producing wing panels for the single-aisle A320. Final assembly will remain at Broughton, which is responsible for assembling the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, and the company said the 200 staff impacted by the decision would be redeployed within the plant.