PICTURES: The first Chinese assembled A320 has its maiden flight

 

An historic day in China today with the first flight of the first Chinese assembled A320.

The aircraft took off at 10:42 and landed back at Tianjin airport at 14:56, Airbus says in a statement. The A320 assembly plant is next to the airport.

I called Airbus Tianjin’s general manager Jean-Luc Charles about 5 mins before the aircraft touched down and he sounded like a very busy but happy man.

I then got onto Airbus in France and their PR people there Fran├žoise Maenhaut and Stephanie Henrion were good enough to email me through these really great pics a few minutes later.

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