China's Hope for Airbus' Long-Term Development

China has expressed its hope that Airbus, the European multinational aerospace corporation, will have firm confidence in its long-term development in the country. This comes at a time when Airbus has been making significant strides in expanding its presence and operations in China.


Airbus' Commitment to China

Airbus has shown its commitment to China through various initiatives. In April 2023, Airbus inaugurated its Research Centre in Suzhou, China. The center aims to leverage the highly skilled aviation and hydrogen know-how already established in the Yangtze River Delta region. Research will be undertaken in manufacturing innovation, hydrogen infrastructure, cabin experience, and new techniques. The opening of this new facility reaffirms Airbus’ long-term commitment to develop and invest in China and further expands the Company’s footprint in the country, underlining its position as a reliable partner to China.


Expanding Partnerships

In addition to the research center, Airbus has also signed new cooperation agreements with China Aviation industry partners. This includes an agreement to expand the A320 Family final assembly capacity with a second line at its Tianjin site,. The agreement will contribute to Airbus’ overall rate objective of 75 aircraft per month in 2026 throughout its global production network. Furthermore, Airbus and the China National Aviation Fuel Group (CNAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to intensify Chinese-European cooperation on the production, competitive application, and common standards formulation for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).


Looking to Future

China's aviation market is expected to grow significantly over the next few years. Over the next 20 years, China’s air traffic is forecast to grow at 5.3% annually, significantly faster than the world average of 3.6%. This will lead to a demand for 8,420 passenger and freighter aircraft between now and 2041, representing more than 20 percent of the world's total demand for around 39,500 new aircraft in the next 20 years. With these developments, it is clear that Airbus is poised to play a significant role in China's aviation industry. The hope expressed by China for Airbus to have firm confidence in its long-term development in the country is a testament to the strong partnership that has been built and the potential for future growth.

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