Boeing to create 2,000 new UK jobs in £3bn plane deal

Boeing will create 2,000 new jobs in the UK and sell nine new patrol planes to the government for £3bn.

The decade-long Ministry of Defence deal covers training, infrastructure and support for the submarine-hunting P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The US plane maker will also build a new £100m facility for the planes at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.

Boeing will make the UK its European base for training, maintenance and repair for its defence aircraft.

Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled the details on Monday at the start of the Farnborough Airshow.

He said the deal showed that the UK was open for business despite the referendum vote to leave the EU.

“Whatever uncertainties our country faces, I want the message to go out loud and clear: the UK will continue to lead the world in both civil and defence aerospace,” Mr Cameron said.

The P-8A planes will fill a gap in the UK’s defence capabilities that has existed since 2010 when the Nimrod was retired.

“Boeing is committed to the UK government’s prosperity agenda and we share the goals of enhanced economic growth that the prime minister has set out to us,” said Dennis Muilenburg, its chief executive.

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