The UK government intends to help its domestic aerospace companies compete for future single-aisle commercial aircraft work, says minister for science and innovation Malcolm Wicks. Manufacturers Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier are all studying next-generation narrowbody airliners.

Speaking at the Royal Aeronautical Society last week, Wicks described support for industry for single-aisle projects as "high on the agenda".

His comments were made after a meeting last month during which three government ministers, including Wicks, discussed with industry the aerospace market, future opportunities and how the UK can benefit.

"There is a recognition by government and industry for a need to focus on [opportunities in providing technology, services and equipment]," says Wicks. Government support is likely to come through the UK's National Aerospace Technology Strategy in the form of projects to aid competitiveness.

The UK aerospace industry was represented at the April meeting by the Society of British Aerospace Companies, Airbus UK, Thales, Qinetiq and others.

Source: Flight International