Airbus plans to order more than 5 percent of the components for its new A350 aircraft from companies in Japan, seeking a foothold in a market dominated by Boeing.
Airbus is in talks with Teijin, Toray Industries and 20 more potential suppliers for the A350, Executive Vice President Kiran Rao said in Tokyo last Friday. The 300-seat plane, which competes with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, may have more Japanese parts than any other Airbus aircraft, he said.
Manufacturing more of the A350 in Japan may help Airbus win orders in Asia's biggest aviation market after China. Supply agreements would also boost the Toulouse, France-based company's campaign to sell the A380 superjumbo to Japanese airlines, the biggest users of large commercial jets.
Unlike with the 777 and 787 programs, the Japanese would be pure suppliers, and not risk-sharing partners in the A350.
And there are rumors that NH has signed an MoU to order the A380. One of Airbus' goals with this deal is to get NH and JL to expand their Airbus fleets.