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China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHU WENQIAN zhuwen­qian@chinadaily.com.cn

Euro­pean air­craft man­u­fac­turer Air­bus Group SE said its new com­ple­tion and de­liv­ery cen­ter in Tian­jin will de­liver its first A330 to its cus­tomer in Septem­ber 2018.

Euro­pean air­craft man­u­fac­turer Air­bus Group SE said its new com­ple­tion and de­liv­ery cen­ter in Tian­jin will de­liver its first A330 to its cus­tomer in Septem­ber 2018.

The new cen­ter in Tian­jin had fin­ished ba­sic con­struc­tion work.

The cen­ter, in­au­gu­rated in March, is the com­pany’s first over­seas com­ple­tion and de­liv­ery site for the A330. The cen­ter has so far re­cruited more than 110 em­ploy­ees, or nearly 40 per­cent of the to­tal planned re­cruit­ment.

From­mid-Oc­to­ber, the com­pany sent its first team to on-job train­ing at its fi­nal A330 as­sem­bly line in Europe.

The Tian­jin op­er­a­tions will be re­spon­si­ble for equip­ping cab­ins, fur­nish­ings, ex­te­rior painting and flight-test­ing. The com­pany said that by 2018, it will de­liver two jets ev­ery month, and may ex­tend the work to an up­dated ver­sion of the A330 as well as the A350, if there is suf­fi­cient de­mand from the mar­ket.

Air­bus China Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Fran­coisMery said the cabin in­stal­la­tion work of an A330, com­pared with a sin­gle-aisle air­craft such as A320 or B737, is four times more in terms of com­plex­ity and work­load.

“That means we are con­duct­ing more com­pli­cated man­u­fac­tur­ing work with more ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies in China,” Mery said.

“We are also look­ing for sup­pli­ers for the cab­ins and for seats, kitchens, walls, ceil­ings and other as­pects, and we would like to co­op­er­ate with Chi­nese in­te­rior sup­pli­ers.”

By 2020, Air­bus aims to do busi­ness­worth a to­tal of $1 bil­lion with Chi­nese avi­a­tion in­dus­try. It also said it is ex­pand­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment work with Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tu­tions.

Next to the A330 site is the A320 fi­nal as­sem­bly line launched in 2008. Cur­rently the cen­ter pro­duces four air­craft a month, and about 300 air­craft have to date been as­sem­bled and de­liv­ered in Tian­jin.

Last Fri­day, Air­bus’ US archri­val Boe­ing Co re­vealed that the city of Zhoushan in Zhe­jiang prov­ince, a city in east China near Shang­hai, is to be the lo­ca­tion of its first over­seas sin­gle-aisle jet B737 com­ple­tion and de­liv­ery cen­ter.

With it, the com­pany said it aims to help meet the strong de­mand for sin­gle-aisle air­craft in Chi­nese and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

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Em­ploy­ees stand at the base of a tail fin on an Air­bus A330 fuse­lage dur­ing as­sem­bly in the Air­bus Group NV fac­tory in Toulouse, France.

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