A Chinese official in north China’s port city Tianjin said China has advantages in producing Airbus 320 planes which are being assembled from this month
Gou Lijun, director of the Administrative Committee of Tianjin’s Binhai New Area, said, ‘The market for China-made large-scale planes is China itself and the neighboring countries. Secondly, the A320 planes produced in China have the same quality standard as Europe.’
The A320 final assembly line, in the Binhai New Area, is run by a joint venture established in June last year between European aircraft maker Airbus and Tianjin Zhongtian Aviation Industry, a Chinese alliance of China Aviation Industry Corp I, China Aviation Industry Corp II and Tianjin Bonded Zone Investment. The first plane will be finally assembled this month.
It is intended the joint venture will produce 44 planes annually by 2011. By 2016 the total of assembled aircraft should be 284.
At the same time, China itself is also developing large-scale planes. Earlier this year saw the establishment of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, a company dedicated to the development of large-scale aircraft defined as planes that will carry 200 passengers.