Posts: 758
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2001 3:15 pm

CAAC, Airbus Discuss A380 Compatibility In China

Wed Mar 12, 2003 9:55 pm

The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) and Airbus held a seminar Wednesday to discuss the A380, the world's largest commercial aircraft, and its compatibility with Chinese airports.

"This is extremely important for the development of China's aviation and the selection of aircraft types. As a super large passenger aircraft, the A380 has a new design concept, and its operation in China needs airports to make changes," said CAAC Deputy Director Yang Guoqing.

"Although Airbus entered China's market later than its competitors, its business has developed quickly in China. Airbus' market share stands at more than 20 percent and is still increasing. Apart from the CAAC, Airbus has also carried out cooperation with airports and airlines," Yang added.

Airbus China president Guy McLeod said, "China is the most exciting market in the world, while the A380 is the largest passenger aircraft. I firmly believe that with the fast development of the economy and aviation, China will introduce the A380 in coming years."

The A380 will go into service in airlines in 2006, offering about 33 percent more seating and more floor space than comparable aircraft. To date, 10 customers worldwide have announced firm orders and commitments for a total of 103 A380s.

More than 100 representatives from the CAAC and its regional offices, China Aviation Imports and Exports Supplies Corporation (CASC) and airports attended the one-day seminar.

Airbus's business in China has been steadily expanding since it first entered the country in 1985. The Airbus fleet in service on the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao has grown to more than 180 today from 29 in 1995. Four Chinese manufacturers are already involved in manufacturing Airbus parts, such as wing components, passenger doors and maintenance tools.

Source: Xinhua Net (Official Website of Xinhua News Agency); URL:

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos