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 Françoise Maenhaut and Stephanie Henrion were good enough to email me through these really great pics a few minutes later.