Thursday, September 11, 2008

Over half of Airbus aircraft use made-in-China parts

Marc Bertiaux, vice president of Airbus China Corporations in charge of cooperation with China, revealed that more than half of Airbus aircraft use made-in-China parts.

He also said that Airbus had a purchase of over 70 million US dollars in China in 2007, exceeding the original target of 60 million. This figure is expected to reach 200 million in 2010 and 450 million in 2015.

According to Marc Bertiaux, Airbus has promised to transfer manufacturing technology of A320 wings to China, and is honoring the commitment. Airbus had never carried out such cooperation with other countries before.

In November of 2007 in Beijing, Airbus and National Development and Reform Commission of China signed an understanding memorandum to enhance industrial cooperation of A350XWB wide-body aircraft project. According to the memorandum, China will undertake 5% of the structuring work.

In Tianjin Airport Industrial Park, Tianjin Assembly Line Project of Airbus A320 Series Airplane has succeeded in trial operation, making full preparations for the assembly of the first aircraft.

By People's Daily Online

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