2007-12-02 - A350 with ChinaChina to get 5 per cent of A350XWB
A350 mit chinesischer Beteiligung<br /> On 26 November, Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to formalise the commitment of allocating five per cent of the A350XWB airframe to the Chinese aviation industry.
The MOU was signed by Chen Deming, Vice Minister of NDRC, and Fabrice Bregier, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus, at the Great Hall of the People in the presence of Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
According to the MOU on Strengthening Industrial Cooperation through A350XWB, NDRC and Airbus will carry out high-level industrial cooperation on A350XWB development and manufacturing work, in order to enhance a closer strategic cooperation relationship between Airbus and the Chinese aviation industry. Airbus confirms its intent to manufacture five per cent of the airframe of the A350XWB aircraft in China. Airbus will actively involve Chinese enterprises in the A350XWB project to develop the current cooperation and prepare for further possible cooperation for future programmes. The co-development of A350XWB Work Packages is the key condition to guarantee the success of such cooperation. On the same day, Airbus also signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II) to develop a new cooperation model to support the A350XWB industrialization. The manufacturing centre is expected to be established in the first quarter of 2009. The production scale of the manufacturing centre shall correspond to the work packages for the A350XWB allocated to the manufacturing centre and may be enlarged based on the future Business Plan.
On the same day, China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group Corporation (CASGC) signed an agreement with Airbus for 150 aircraft including 110 A320s and 40 A330s. China Southern Airlines signed a contract with Airbus for 10 A330-200s.