The world’s largest aviation showcase was held in Paris in the middle of a particularly difficult time for the industry. But many aviation companies say there is still a growing demand in the Chinese market, and they intend to expand cooperation with Chinese companies.
Eurocopter is a world leader in the industry. It has a long history of cooperation with China. A senior official says the company has kept careful watch on China’s new technology and market potential.
Norbert Ducrot, SR. VP Asia-Pacific, Eurocopter said ‘The cooperation between China and France in helicopter manufacturing is a success…’
The CEO of Airbus says China is one of the world’s largest aviation markets.
CCTV.Com reported Thomas Enders, CEO of Airbus as saying, ‘We are very happy with the cooperation with China. We jointly produce airbus planes….’
Airbus has delivered its first middle-distance aircraft to be entirely assembled in China.
This A320 will be delivered to Dragon Aviation Leasing and will be flown by regional carrier Sichuan Airlines.
Ten middle-distance A319/320 aircraft are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, and the factory is targeting production of four planes per month by 2011. And China Eastern Airlines has made an order for 20 Airbus A320s to be delivered between 2011 and 2013.