Airbus, China agree to strengthen cooperation
Airbus and China have signed an MoU to expand cooperation between Airbus and Chinese aviation industry.
Airbus and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhanced cooperation in aviation and aerospace. The MoU was signed in Berlin on 1st June by Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President of Commercial Aircraft, and He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China.
No specific measures were announced. A statement from Airbus indicates only that the MoU “strengthens and deepens mutually beneficial collaboration” between Airbus and Chinese aviation industry in various fields.
The two sides say they will support the development of engineering skills and technology innovation in China and also promote the integration of Chinese suppliers into Airbus’ global supply chain.
“The success of the industrial cooperation between Airbus and China makes itself a model of high-tech and win-win partnership between China and Europe”, said Brégier.
Co-operation between Airbus and China is already extensive. The Tianjin A330 Completion and Delivery Centre will deliver its first aircraft in September 2017 and the A320 Final Assembly Line Asia — which has been in service since 2008 — will start assembly work on the A320neo by the end of 2017.
Both sides say they will continue to develop air transportation activities and to address China’s rapid aviation growth, tackling global issues such as the environment and ATM, and broadening the partnership to include sectors like helicopters. Construction work recently started on a final assembly line in China for the Airbus Helicopters H135.