Airbus Wins Air China A330 Order, Breaks Ground On Chinese Facility

Air China has placed a $2.9bn order with Airbus for 12 A330-300s while also beginning work on its Tianjin finishing facility for the same aircraft type.

Air China has placed a $2.9bn order with Airbus for 12 A330-300s while also beginning work on its Tianjin finishing facility for the same aircraft type.

The deal for the widebodies, based on 2013 list prices, would see the aircraft enter the Beijing-based carrier’s fleet in 2018 while increasing its capacity by 5.6 per cent.

The OEM also confirmed on Wednesday (March 2) that it had broken ground on its A330 completion and delivery centre, its first for widebody aircraft outside of Europe.

The A330 facility will cover aircraft completion activities including cabin installation, aircraft painting and flight testing, as well as aircraft delivery and customer flight acceptance.

Once operational, the centre will expand Airbus' presence in China which includes an existing A320 final assembly line in Tianjin.

 

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