Airbus to expand aircraft assembly line in China

Airbus will be expanding the production of Airbus A320 Family aircraft in China. 

During a French state visit to China, Airbus signed new cooperation agreements with its China-based aviation partners – Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company and Aviation Industry Corporation of China – that would expand Airbus’ Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FAL Asia) capacity with a second line at the Tianjin site.

The agreement will contribute to Airbus’ overall rate objective of 75 aircraft per month in 2026 throughout its global production network.

The FAL Asia facility is one of four A320 Family final assembly sites worldwide which includes Hamburg (Germany), Toulouse (France), and Mobile (Alabama, US).

First opened in 2008, over 600 A320 Family aircraft have been assembled at FAL Asia. Recently, the facility delivered the first A321neo assembled at the facility.

In addition, Airbus also signed General Terms of Agreement (GTA) with China Aviation Supplies Holdings Company (CAS) covering the purchase of 160 Airbus aircraft. The GTA comprises earlier announcements for 150 A320 Family aircraft and 10 A350-900 widebody aircraft orders.

“We are honoured to continue our long-standing cooperation by supporting China’s civil aviation growth with our leading families of aircraft. It underpins the positive recovery momentum and prosperous outlook for the Chinese aviation market and the desire to grow sustainably with Airbus’ latest generation, eco-efficient aircraft,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus. “Airbus values its partnership with the Chinese aviation stakeholders and we feel privileged to remain a partner of choice in shaping the future of civil aviation in China.”

In China, Airbus aircraft accounts for 50% of the market. 2100 Airbus aircraft are in operation with airlines in the country.

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