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Airbus to ramp up A320 production at Tianjin FAL

Beijing, China - Airbus is preparing to increase the production rate of the Airbus A320 from five to six aircraft per month at the Tianjin factory from 2020.

Airbus's Tianjin facility is the first Final Assembly Line of the manufacturer out of Europe. The first Airbus A320 assembled in Tianjin entered into service with Sichuan Airlines in 2009. Three years later Airbus delivered 100th A320 aircraft assembled in Tianjin.

In 2008, Tianjin FAL has been launched as a joint venture by Airbus and its Chinese partners to meet surging demand for the aircraft from Chinese airline operators.

Besides the A320 FAL, Airbus has an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre and a logistics center in Tianjin to improve supply chain management.

The European manufacturer delivered first Airbus A330 from its Completion and Delivery Center in Tianjin in September 2017.

Last year, Airbus delivered a total of 191 aircraft assembled in Tianjin to its Chinese customers.

To date, more than 1,750 Airbus commercial jets are in service with the Chinese carriers. China is the biggest customer of the Airbus with a market share of one-quarter of the company's global sales.

"We are moving faster to meet the target of making the total value of China-Airbus industrial cooperation to reach one billion dollars by 2020," Francois Mery said, Chief Commercial Officer of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft China.

China is currently the second-largest civil aviation market of the world and is expected to become the largest ahead of the United States in mid-2020, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).