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AIRCRAFT firm Britten-Norman has signed a £4.9m deal to export two aircraft to the Pacific region.

The two Islander aircraft will be test-flown and sent to the east in pieces from the company’s new manufacturing facilities at the Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent.

When it reaches the firm’s customer – who has not been named – the aircraft will be reassembled.

The aircraft will be the first Britten-Norman planes to be built entirely within the UK since 1968, though some of the parts will be manufactured by a subcontractor in Romania.

The Islanders are powered by Rolls-Royce turbine engines.

Britten-Norman’s business development manager, Lara Harrison, said reassembling the plane once it’s at its new home should take no longer than 10 days.

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