In the presence of visiting French President
Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Airbus has
signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Development
and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) on the further development
of industrial cooperation in Tianjin.
The agreement was signed by
He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC) of China and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and
President Commercial Aircraft in Beijing on Tuesday.
Both sides agree
to further enhance their industrial partnership in Tianjin and
strengthen the cooperation with regards to technical innovation,
engineering capabilities and supply chain expansion.
On the same day, Airbus and its Chinese partners
have also signed a framework agreement on ramping up its A320
production rate at its Final Assembly Line in Tianjin to six
aircraft per month.
This industrial ramp-up targets five aircraft
per month by early 2019 and six per month by early 2020.
inauguration in 2008, the Final Assembly Line in Tianjin has
assembled a total of 354 A320 Family aircraft (by 31st December,
Deliveries to Chinese customers and to operators throughout
the Asia-Pacific region included the first A320neo in the second
half of 2017.
“The industrial cooperation between Airbus and
China and its continued success are a true role model of a winning
partnership between China and Europe. Together with our Chinese
partners we are proud to lift our cooperation to new heights,”
said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President of Commercial
Airbus’ industrial footprint in China dates back
to 1985, when the first product subcontracting agreement was
signed with Xi’an Aircraft Company. The total value of industrial
cooperation between Airbus and the Chinese aviation industry in
2017 amounts to nearly 600 million dollars.
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