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NORTH Wales aircraft workers yesterday helped launch new Royal Mail Airliner stamps.

Airbus Broughton was one of the sites chosen for the launch of a new collection of Airliner stamps.

The new second class stamp features the big A340-600 airliner, the long-haul Airbus which is due to enter service this summer with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

The new aircraft can carry 380 passengers and at 246ft in length, is the world's longest airliner.

Also featured on the new stamps are the Concorde (1st class), a 1964 Trident (37p stamp), a 1964 VC10 (45p stamp), and a 1952 Comet (65p stamp).

The stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first commercial jet flight when a Comet flew from Heathrow to Johannesburg on May 2, 1952.

The Royal Mail area manager for North Wales and Chester, Graham Brown, said: ``Broughton has a long aeronautical history and it is very apt that we chose this site as a launch pad for the new 'Airliners' stamps in North Wales.''


TAKE-OFF: John Davies, operations manager, with one of the new postage stamp designs
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 1, 2002
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