Delivery of First Tianjin A320

‘What’s Tianjin’ you ask?

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 outsideToulouse, France. It is a joint-venture between Airbus, the TianjinFree Trade Zone and state-owned China Aviation Industry (AVIC). It willdeliver the second aircraft in July and Airbus expects to produce 10A320s by end-2009. The production rate is expected to be ramped up tofour a month before end-2011.

China accounts for 15% of totalAirbus sales and observers say that the assembly plant is a sign of thecompany’s confidence in the country’s airline industry. Continue Reading…

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