Bombardier mulls aircraft assembly line in China

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Bombardier could open an aircraft assembly line in China to help increase sales in the country's growing air transport market.

The airframer aims to identify a product that will be successful in the country before making a decision, says CEO Pierre Beaudoin according to media reports.

"We are looking for further cooperation with China's aircraft industry, including both AVIC [China Aviation Industry Corporation] and Comac [Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China]. We are open to discuss any opportunities with them but cannot speculate further on the outcome," says a Bombardier spokesman when asked to elaborate on Beaudoin's comments.

Bombardier already has a presence in China, with AVIC's Shenyang Aircraft supplying the fuselage for its Q400 and CSeries aircraft.

Airbus has a facility in Tianjin that assembles its Airbus A320-family aircraft. Brazilian airframer Embraer's Harbin plant assembles the ERJ-145, and it has said that it could manufacture the E-190 regional jets in Harbin in the future.