Airbus has strengthened its long-standing
partnership with China, signing a MOU on the Further Development
of Industrial Cooperation in Beijing.
According to the MOU, both sides have agreed to
take practical and effective measures for new initiatives
regarding both Airbus single-aisle and widebody aircraft.
of Airbus’ objective to reach a global A320 Family production rate
of 63 aircraft per month in 2021, the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family
Final Assembly Line (FAL Asia) remains on track to ramp up its
production to six aircraft per month by the end of 2019, which is
a 50% increase compared to its original design.
To date, 450 A320 Family aircraft have been
delivered from Tianjin to Airbus’ Chinese and Asian customers.
capabilities will be extended into the Airbus Tianjin wide-body
Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) from the second half of
2020. The C&DC is scheduled to deliver its first A350 aircraft by
2021 from Tianjin.
“We attach great importance to our long-term
strategic partnership with China and its aviation industry,” said
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “Airbus is committed to serving this
growth sector with the diverse portfolio it has to offer and we
are committed to working with our Chinese partners to shape the
future of the industry.”
The potential of China’s aviation market is
huge. While China domestic is set to become the world’s largest
market, international traffic to and from China has nearly doubled
over the last 10 years. According to the Airbus Global Market
Forecast, China is expected to require some 7,560 new aircraft
over the next 20 years.
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