Airbus to send 1st A350 to China
the demand of wide body aircraft,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor at Civil AviationUniversity of China in Tianjin.
The A350 has 280 to 366 seats and is the first Airbus aircraft with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fiber.
Airbus’ US archrival Boeing signed an agreement withChina Southern Airlines on Wednesday for a dozen B787s, the competing jet for A350.
“We have firm confidence of the China market, and will continue to expand industrial cooperation with Chinese enterprises. Besides, we will collaborate with moreChinese interior cabin suppliers, and provide more opportunities for them to enter the world market,” Chen said.
Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Center, a joint venture between Airbus and Aviation Industry Corp ofChina, participated in the design of the airframe of A350, and some 5 percent of the airframe is manufactured in Harbin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.