Paris - According to French President Emmanuel Macron, China plans to buy 184 aircraft soon from the European aircraft manufacturer. The unannounced business concerns the A320 family, as Macron said on January 9, at the end of his three-day China visit to Beijing.
Commenting on his talks with State and Party leader Xi Jinping the previous day,
The President reiterated his confidence in Airbus and China intends to maintain the order volume and the relationship with Airbus in the coming years,Macron said,
Contrary to initial expectations for an official signing, a confirmation for the purchase had not been declared during the visit.
As the news agency Bloomberg reported with reference to an official in Macron's delegation, the new orders are mainly for the A320neo type. 13 airlines are scheduled to receive the aircraft in 2019 and 2020. Airbus is also producing the A320 series in China and will ramp up final assembly in Tianjin from 48 to 72 aircraft per year by 2020.
According to a new forecast by the IATA, China will pass the United States as early as 2022, becoming the largest aviation market in the world.