Airbus and its Chinese partners, the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd. (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), have signed a framework agreement on establishing an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China. The framework agreement firms-up the Letter of Intent signed by the three parties in 2014. The agreement takes the partnership between Airbus and China a further step forward following the successful establishment of an A320 Family Final Assembly Line and Delivery Centre (FAL-Asia) in 2008.
The A330 C&DC Tianjin will be located near the site of the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in Tianjin. Under the project, the A330 Family aircraft will be assembled in Toulouse and the ‘green’ aircraft will be flow to the C&DC where completion activities including cabin installation, aircraft painting, engine run and flight test, as well as aircraft delivery and customer flight acceptance will be carried out.
In parallel Airbus has also signed a Letter of Intent with AVIC on cabin development cooperation and procurement frame contract with Zhejiang Xizi Aerospace Fastener Co., Ltd for design, development, manufacturing, and supply of standard fastener parts.
At present, the in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese operators comprises over 1,150 aircraft (over 150 A330 Family and over 980 A320 Family aircraft). In the 20 year period between 2014 to 2033 Airbus forecasts a demand in China for more than 5,300 new commercial passenger and freighter aircraft (sized over 100 seats).