Tianjin Airlines to Operate First Chinese-Built Airbus A330

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 23, 2017

Airbus SE (AIR.PA) on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world's fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm's profitable but ageing wide-body jets.

At the center just opened, Airbus will perform tasks such as aircraft painting, cabin installations as well as flight tests on aircraft received from Airbus' final assembly line in Toulouse, France. At the same time, the first A330 to be delivered from the C&DC was handed over to Tianjin Airlines.

Brazilian airline Azul has ordered five Airbus A330-900neos, with deliveries due to start in late 2018. Some 150 Chinese staff members of the C&DC were trained by Airbus experts in Toulouse.

The new plant is composed of paint shop, weighing hangar and one main hangar with three aircraft positions covering an area of 16,800m.

By the end of August 2017, the number of in-service Airbus aircraft operated by Chinese carriers totaled 1,484 aircraft, including 1,282 A320s and 202 A330s.

The all new A350 line up includes the current -900 model, which is larger than the A330-300 model and similar to Boeing's 777-200 models in capacity, and a soon to enter service -1000 version which is pitched as a hi-tech replacement for aging fleets of 777-300ERs.

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