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Airbus adds to partnership in China


September 10, 2019
By Wings Staff


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Final assembly of Airbus single-aisle A319 and A320 jetliners at Tianjin, China, will involve enhanced fuselage equipping based on a 2019 agreement signed with AVIC. (Photo: Airbus)

Airbus signed a new agreement with AVIC to deepen its industrial cooperation on Airbus single-aisle production in China, which the aircraft maker describes as an affirmation of its commitment to a long-term strategic partnership with China’s aviation industry.

The agreement was signed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, witnessed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Airbus explains the cooperation with AVIC will enhance Airbus single-aisle aircraft (A319/A320) fuselage equipping in Tianjin, China. The first delivery of a China-equipped Airbus single-aisle aircraft (A319/A320) fuselage is scheduled for the second quarter of 2021.

Industrial cooperation between Airbus and Chinese aviation industry on commercial aircraft dates back to 1985, explains the aircraft manufacturer, at the signing of the first sub-contracting agreement with Xi’an Aircraft Company (currently AVIC Aircraft Co. Ltd.) on manufacturing and assembling access doors for Airbus A300/A310 wide-body aircraft.

The total value of industrial cooperation between Airbus and Chinese aviation industry reached US$900 million in 2018.


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