Airbus to expand A320 production in China
Beijing - Airbus wants to expand its production in China. On January 9, the departing head of commercial aircraft division at Airbus said during an interview with Bloomberg that the European manufacturer aims to assemble 6 A320 instead of 4 at the Airbus factory in Tianjin, China.
The A320 family and re-engineered A320neo version are the Airbus' highest selling models. The manufacturer wants to increase its production Worldwide to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019 because of the strong demand.
Tianjin factory is set to produce five aircraft per month in 2019 and then six in 2020. Since 2008, Tianjin has delivered 354 A320s to airline operators in China and Southeast Asia, and the first A320neo in 2017.
Airbus manufactures the A320 family aircraft at its plants in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany), Tianjin (China), and Mobile (USA). Bloomberg and the Financial Times had previously reported that Airbus China also wanted to participate in the production of the world's largest passenger jet A380.
But Airbus wants China to order a large number of A380 in return. The superjumbo barely sold in recent years.