I have looked all over, FT, BBC World News and other news websites but I have not been able to find a link to this in English.
In brief, Airbus envoy has signed the contract for the A320 assembly plant which is being built in China, apparentaly in Tianjin. The contract between Airbus and China was signed in Beijing. This will be the first A320 assembly plant to be outside of Europe.
Chinese partners will be AVIC I and AVIC II, and Tianjin Bonded Zone Investment Co. Airbus will have 51% of the stakes in the chinese plant.
The first aircraft to come out of this new assembly plant should be delivered in the first semester 2009.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
Aminobwana From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3928 times:
Quoting EI321 (Reply 3): This is not possible. They only announce orders at airshows. Thats a scienti
This is not so, some, as this one, are booked 8 month in advance of the fact.
It seems that anybody has forgotten that this "General Terms Agreement" without details, signed with the Chinese Government when President Chirac visited China in 10/2006 without any details regarding technology trasnfer, ownership of the plant, etc. was nearly immediately included in the ORDER BOOK. See phrase in Airbus press release, now, 8 months later, Airbus writes in their release:
"allocating 86 of the 150 aircraft purchased under the General Terms Agreement signed between CASGC and Airbus in October 2006. Nearly half of these 150 A320 family aircraft will be assembled and delivered in Tianjin."
The release does not mention the 64 still not allocated aircrafts
as included in the order book:
CASGC 40 A319 60 A320 50 A321
I will surly be again accusing of Airbus bashing, but these are the facts.
N14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3468 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3747 times:
Quoting Aminobwana (Reply 6): I will surly be again accusing of Airbus bashing, but these are the facts
I am always happy to see new Airbus orders; I am also happy to see new Boeing orders because this duopoly situation is good for both companies. But I always have a bad feeling about each Airbus to be built in China.
With each Airbus built in China we are starting to cut the ground from under our owns feet (not sure if this is the exact phrase for the English proverb, maybe there is a Chinese proverb, too?)
Asiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
Quoting N14AZ (Reply 8): With each Airbus built in China we are starting to cut the ground from under our owns feet (not sure if this is the exact phrase for the English proverb, maybe there is a Chinese proverb, too?)
You have a point, but I don't think you can avoid that in the future.
If Airbus and Boeing does not put more of their production into low cost countries, they will face the risk of not being competitive against Chinese or Indian airplane manufacturer.
Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 5145 posts, RR: 78
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3430 times:
Dear Ikramerica, for whom an MOU is not an order, but when it is firmed-up, it is not a new order, therefore not news.
You are really incredible. !
But you are not alone in that respect.
Olle From Sweden, joined Feb 2007, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3403 times:
As I remember it was an order and made Airbus get more orders then Boeing that year.
The fact that they moves the A320 to China for me indicates
1. It will be built for a long period even after the start of the A320 replacement
2. we get closer to a A320 replacement
3. China will soon be the 3rd superpower after A. a willing USA B. an unvilling Europe or the 2nd in parallell with Europe.