Airbus calm over Chinese slowdown pressure on carriers

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Airbus is remaining calm over the Chinese Government's pressuring airlines to postpone, or even cancel, deliveries of aircraft planned for next year.

The airframer states that it has not received any requests from Chinese carriers to cancel or delay receipt of aircraft.

"We're committed for the long-term to our Chinese partners," says a spokesman for the company.

He points out that Airbus has over 450 aircraft operating in Chinese service and a backlog of some 430 aircraft on order from Chinese carriers as of 30 November.

Airbus also has a new A320 final-assembly line in the Chinese city of Tianjin, which it formally opened only in September.

China's civil aviation administration, CAAC, is trying to curb capacity growth to reduce the economic slowdown's impact on the aviation sector.

It is intending to hold back from granting air operator's certificates to start-up airlines planning on beginning operations next year.