China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS)
has signed a General Terms Agreement with Airbus for 45 A330
Family aircraft and a Memorandum of Understanding for options on
“The package order is a new vote of confidence
in our A330 Family aircraft, which is already the most popular
wide-body aircraft in China,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus
President and CEO. “China is today the most important market for
aviation in the world, we can be confident that air transport in
China will continue to undergo rapid growth. We are honoured to
contribute to this development.”
According to Airbus’ market forecast, China will
become the leading country for passenger air traffic, for both
domestic and international markets, as passenger traffic in the
country grows well above the world average. Domestic air traffic
in China will become the world’s number one within 10 years. In
the 20 year period between 2014 to 2033 Airbus forecasts a demand
in China for more than 5,300 new commercial passenger aircraft
sized over 100 seats plus freighters.
At present, the in-service Airbus fleet with
Chinese operators comprises over 1,150 aircraft (over 980 A320
Family aircraft, over 150 A330 Family aircraft and five A380s).
The A330 is one of the most popular widebody
aircraft ever and has to date won over 1,500 orders, with over
1,100 flying with some 110 operators worldwide.
The A330 Family, which seats between 250 and 440
passengers, is part of a widebody product line which also includes
the larger A350 XWB and double deck A380.
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