The British aerospace industry in numbers

Ahead of The Scotsman’s Future of the UK Aerospace Industry on 5 September, at the National Air Traffic Services centre at Prestwick we look at some key numbers which show the size of the industry and what it contributes to the UK economy.

Rolls Royce engines on board a Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Picture: PA
Rolls Royce engines on board a Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Picture: PA

Speakers including Michael Moore MP, Fergus Ewing MSP and voices from across the industry will be debating the crucial issues affecting the sector. They will examine the UK government’s £2B industry partnership programme, strategies for securing high value jobs, training & skills and research & development. For more information see

The British aerospace industry:

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• Supports 230,000 jobs across the breadth of the UK

• Contributes £24billion to the economy every year

• The potential growth by 2031 for the civil aerospace market is in excess of $4.4trillion

• Every 2.5 seconds an aircraft takes off or lands, powered by a Rolls-Royce engine

• The UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, with 13% of global market with Scotland being a strong contributor to this success

• In Scotland, the aerospace industry is based around international airports in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick

• The Scottish industry is predominantly focused on the civil aerospace market, with over 160 companies in the sector and its immediate supply chain

• Civil aerospace companies employ more than 8,000 people in Scotland with sector sales currently worth around £1.6 billion a year