By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Airbus is set to produce and release its first Chinese assembled A350 aircraft in 2021 at the Airbus Tianjin wide-body Completion and Delivery Center (C&DC) in Tianjn, China. This was revealed at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Further Development of Industrial Cooperation between Airbus and China in Beijing. The MoU further reinforces Airbus and China's long standing partnership.
In a press release by Airbus, the MoU was signed by He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
The MoU basically maps out plans an initiatives to increase the production of Airbus aircraft and aircraft type to be assembled at Tianjin. Presently, the Chinese plant assembles both A320 and A330 aircraft families.
“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.”
Since its inauguration in September 2018, the Airbus A320 Family Final Assemply Line (FAL Asia) has delivered 450 A320 aircraft to Chinese and Asian customers. It is on track in ramping up its production to six aircraft per month by the end of 2019, a 50% increase from the original design. This is in line with Airbus's objective of reaching a global A320 production of up to 63 aircraft per month.
Being Airbus's first wide-body center outside Europe, the C&DC which was inaugurated in September 2017, has been able to perform completion activities for the A330 which includes cabin installation, aircraft painting, production test flight, aircraft delivery, and customer acceptance as well.
China's domestic market is set to be the world's largest market whereas its international traffic to and from the country has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. In an Airbus Global Market Forecast, China is expected to require 7,560 aircraft in the next 20 years.