It took 21 years from the start of production in 1971 for British Aerospace to make a thousand Airbus wings. Since the mid-1990s, production has almost tripled, and a ceremony on Monday at BAe’s Broughton assembly plant in North Wales marked the completion of the 2,000th set. BAe chairman Sir Richard Evans told Industry Secretary Stephen Byers, shown above with BAe apprentice Andy Marshall, that, at the current rate, the next thousand would be completed in just three more years. The 2,000th wing is for a long-range Airbus A330 for GulfAir. With its BAe wings, Rolls-Royce Trent engines and other UK equipment, the completed aircraft will have a UK content of 50%. Evans said increased production and high UK content show the benefit of the UK’s long-term commitment to high technology, generating ‘thousands of high value, long-term jobs’.