Tianjin, located in northeast China, is the sixth largest city in the country and also home to a new final assembly plant for the Airbus A320 family.
Yesterday Airbus, Sichuan Airlines, and Dragon Aviation Leasing marked the delivery of the first A320 assembled in Tianjin. B-501L sported a special livery, reportedly named "China Dragon", added since its first test flight last month.
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The plant at Tianjin is the first A320 assembly plant outside Toulouse, France. It is a joint-venture between Airbus, the Tianjin Free Trade Zone and state-owned China Aviation Industry (AVIC). It will deliver the second aircraft in July and Airbus expects to produce 10 A320s by end-2009. The production rate is expected to be ramped up to four a month before end-2011.
China accounts for 15% of total Airbus sales and observers say that the assembly plant is a sign of the company's confidence in the country's airline industry. Continue Reading...