Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer, will open an A320 family final assembly line in Tianjin at the end of this month, the company’s first final assembly line outside Europe.
As a joint venture between Airbus, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), the assembly line is based on the latest state-of-the-art Airbus single-aisle final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany.
According to Airbus the aircraft will be assembled and delivered in China to the same standards as those assembled and delivered in Europe.
The first aircraft will roll off the line in summer 2009 and will be delivered in the middle of the year. The assembly line will ramp up production to four aircraft a month by 2011.
There are now over 5,000 Airbus aircraft in operation in the world and over half of them are equipped with components and parts produced in China.
Source: China Daily