Airbus and China will strengthen their long-term partnership in the aeronautical sector

The aeronautical manufacturer Airbus and China have pledged to strengthen their long-term partnership and both sides say they will deepen and further expand their cooperation within the aeronautical sector.

The president of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China He Lifeng, and the executive president of Airbus, Guillaume Faury, have signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of industrial cooperation in Beijing.

According to the memorandum of understanding, both parties agreed to take practical and effective measures that will lead to new initiatives related to Airbus single-aisle and wide-aisle aircraft.

Within the objective of Airbus to reach a global production rate of 63 aircraft per month of the A320 Family by 2021, the final assembly line of the Tianjin A320 (FAL Asia) is moving at a good pace to increase its production to six monthly aircraft from here at the end of 2019, which represents a 50% increase in the volume of production for which it was originally designed.

The capabilities of the Airbus Finishing and Delivery Center (C&DC) in Tianjin will be expanded to accommodate the A350 XWB from the second half of 2020. The Tianjin C&DC plans to deliver its first A350 by 2021.

The capabilities of the Airbus Finishing and Delivery Center (C&DC) in Tianjin will be expanded to accommodate the A350 XWB from the second half of 2020. The Tianjin C&DC plans to deliver its first A350 by 2021.

The potential of China’s aviation market is enormous: although the domestic market will become the largest market in the world, international traffic to and from China has almost doubled in the last ten years. According to the Global Airbus Market Forecast, China will need some 7,560 new aircraft in the next 20 years.

The cooperation is very consolidated in the programs of single aisle and wide cabin. FAL Asia has been working successfully on single-aisle aircraft for more than a decade, since its inauguration in September 2008. So far, 450 A320 Family aircraft have been delivered from Tianjin to Chinese and Asian Airbus customers.

As for double-aisle airplanes, the first Airbus wide-cabin aircraft center outside Europe, the C&DC – opened in September 2017 – has successfully developed A330 aircraft finishing activities, including cabin installation , the painting and test in flight of production airplanes, as well as the acceptance and delivery of the airplanes to the clients.