The 400th A320-family aircraft produced by Airbus’s Chinese assembly plant in Tianjin has been delivered to the nation’s flag carrier Air China.
The aircraft, a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered A320neo (registration B-305J), was officially delivered on 17 December.
The Tianjin milestone comes the same week that Boeing began shipments of 737 Max aircraft from its new Chinese completion and delivery centre in Zhoushan. That first 737, a Max 8, was also handed over to Air China.
The Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin delivered its first locally-assembled A320 in mid-2009, to Sichuan Airlines. The plant is a joint-venture business between Airbus and a Chinese consortium comprising Tianjin Airport Economic Area Zone, Tianjin Port Free Trade Administrative Committee and China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC).