China hope for Airbus A380


Airbus is now reported to be in active sales negotiations with Chinese airlines. Photo credit - Pixabay


Airbus is pinning its hopes for its super-jumbo on the Chinese market.


The A380, whilst currently selling poorly, remains an extraordinary aircraft. 

It offers excellent fuel performance, unrivalled capacity and the opportunity for airlines to offer increased capacity to passengers at busy airports.

On paper, it could therefore be an excellent fit for Chinese carriers. China is set to become the world's largest market for aviation by 2022 - but capacity is expected to become constrained due to busy airspace and crew shortages.

As a result, Airbus is now reported to be in active sales negotiations with Chinese airlines.

The news follows our report from yesterday that cooperation between China and European aircraft manufacturer Airbus continues to strengthen.

Earlier in the week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Airbus and the National Development and Reform Commission of China.

Under the terms of the memorandum, both sides agree to further enhance their industrial partnership in Tianjin and strengthen the cooperation with regards to technical innovation, engineering capabilities and supply chain expansion.

Not only that, but according to a company press release, Airbus and its Chinese partners have also signed a framework agreement on ramping up its A320 production rate at its Final Assembly Line in Tianjin to six aircraft per month.

Since its inauguration in 2008, the Final Assembly Line in Tianjin has assembled a total of 354 A320 Family aircraft. Deliveries to Chinese customers and to operators throughout the Asia-Pacific region included the first A320neo in the second half of 2017.

“The industrial cooperation between Airbus and China and its continued success are a true role model of a winning partnership between China and Europe. Together with our Chinese partners we are proud to lift our cooperation to new heights,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President of Commercial Aircraft.

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