Toulouse - Airbus considers assembling its A330neo in China to receive more orders from local airline operators. The aircraft manufacturer plans to expand its existing A320neo FAL in Tianjin for the assembly of A330neo as well, but no final decision has been made yet.
In the past, Airbus proposed to Beijing to build its A380 in China in exchange of orders from Chinese airlines, but the offer was rejected because of the concerns of the Chinese government about the convenience of the aircraft to the Chinese market.
The smaller and more fuel-efficient A330neo is potentially better suited to China, as more than 200 Airbus A330 have already been sold to the airlines of the country.
Airbus A320neo FAL, Tianjin
The commercial aviation sector in China has experienced very strong growth in recent years. According to Boeing's latest forecast, the country may need more than 8,000 aircraft over the next 20 years. President Xi Jinping has also declared the aerospace industry a priority field, encouraging Western aircraft manufacturers to settle in the country.
The -900 variant of the A330neo competes head-to-head with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The smaller -800 variant couldn't receive much order so far except the launch customer Kuwait Airways who ordered eight copies.