Press release

Aerospace deal worth nearly £1 billion to UK signed during Indonesian President visit

On the first day of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to Britain, a deal worth almost £1 billion to UK manufacturing has been signed.

  • Airbus and Indonesia’s national airline agree deal for fleet of 14 state-of-the-art A330neo passenger aircraft
  • Rolls-Royce engines will power the aircraft

UK manufacturing received a boost worth nearly £1 billion on the first day of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to Britain.

The deal signed today at Downing Street will secure jobs at Airbus facilities in Filton, near Bristol, and Broughton, in North Wales, as well as the extended supply chain across the UK.

Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s national carrier, has signed agreements with Airbus and Rolls-Royce for a £4 billion deal to upgrade the airline’s 14 A330s to the newer A330neo, which will be worth nearly £1 billion to the UK economy.

Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement for the provision and aftercare of Rolls-Royce engines.

The deal was signed on the first day of a 2-day visit to the UK by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who met Prime Minister David Cameron this morning to discuss the strengthening of economic and security ties between the 2 nations.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

This deal underlines the increasing importance of our ties with Indonesia – a fast growing economy and set to become the seventh largest in the world by 2030.

We are the fifth biggest investor in Indonesia and our relationship has more untapped potential. We want to encourage more British businesses to seize on these opportunities and we will continue to support them by banging the drum for British skills and expertise.

Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams said:

We are delighted to welcome Garuda Indonesia as a new customer for the A330neo.

The A330neo will bring a range of benefits from unbeatable operating economics, including significant reductions in fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and extended range capability. The aircraft will have Airbus’ all new Airspace cabin which will ensure the A330 continues to be a benchmark for passengers and airlines alike.

Also on the agenda for their talks were discussions around an ambitious EU-Indonesia free trade agreement. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement holds huge potential for both our countries – making it easier and cheaper for business to invest and trade. Experts estimate a deal could save £50 to £70 million per year for UK exporters.

The Prime Minister has visited Indonesia twice over the past 4 years, most recently in July 2015. Last year bilateral trade between Indonesia and the UK increased by nearly 4% to £1.62 billion, but both governments agree there is vast potential to build on this. The Indonesian retail market nearly doubled in size between 2008 and 2014 and will be worth almost $550 million by 2016. Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and Mothercare are already active in the country and the government wants to help others to join them, taking advantage of the support available from UK Trade & Investment and others.

Rolls-Royce President of Civil Aerospace Eric Schulz said:

Indonesia has great economic prospects and we are committed to supporting its future growth in air travel. This year marks the 20th anniversary since we first provided Trent engines to Garuda Indonesia and we are proud to power this latest expansion to their fleet with the very latest member of our Trent engine family.

In creating this family, we have benefitted from UK investment in innovation across materials, aerodynamics, noise, control systems and manufacturing technologies.

Published 19 April 2016