Air­bus to send 1st A350 to China

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS -

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.

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