Beijing - China, the fastest growing civil aviation market of the world, continues to become a battlefield between aerospace giants American Boeing and the European Airbus.
The Chinese government performs negotiations for aircraft orders on behalf of Chinese carriers and split them between the aircraft manufacturers to reach its fast expansion objects.
Amidst the escalating commerce war between the U.S. and China, a top-level delegation from the European manufacturer is seeking to seal a long-delayed deal to sell up to 180 jets during a visit to Beijing for the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Airbus FAL (Final Assembly Line) at Tianjin near the capital.
The possible order for about 180 A320neo first came into question at the beginning of the year, but no agreement reached so far. Plans for a milestone sale of up to 180 jets during French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China in January has come to a standstill shortly after a blunder from two European diplomats over China’s delicate historical relationship with Japan.
During their visit to China, the Airbus delegation will discuss the long-awaited sales agreement with their Chines counterparts, according to an insider who wants to remain anonymous.
Earlier this year, Airbus revealed plans to boost the production of its best-selling A320 family jets to six per month from four by 2020.