Airbus has unsealed a new completion and delivery centre (C&DC) for its A330 wide-body aircraft programme in Tianjin, China.
The convention has already delivered the first A330 aircraft from the new C&DC to Tianjin Airlines.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 appliances, the newly delivered 260-seat aircraft was assembled and equipped at Airbus’ position in Toulouse, France.
The new A330 C&DC will be used to carry out various aircraft realization activities such as cabin installation, aircraft painting and production rout test, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery.
Settled at Airbus’ existing A320 aircraft final assembly and delivery plot in Tianjin, the 16,800m² centre is equipped with a paint shop, a weighing hangar, and one power supply hangar with three aircraft positions.
“Wide-body aircraft completed in China is an Airbus and an enterprise first, which demonstrates our mutual commitment to a strong and growing Chinese aviation sector.”
Airbus has already following 150 staff from the new C&DC in Toulouse.
With two aircraft planned to be announced a month by early 2019, the centre aims to employ more than 250 living soul.
Airbus COO and Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Brégier said: “The inauguration of our A330 C&DC in Tianjin, together with the first of assorted deliveries, marks a new milestone for Airbus’ international footprint and underlines the aggressive spirit of cooperation with our Chinese partners.
“Wide-body aircraft modeled in China is an Airbus and an industry first, which demonstrates our mutual commitment to a intense and growing Chinese aviation sector.”
Until the end of last month, the in-service expeditious of Airbus aircraft with Chinese airlines included 1,484 jets, which properties 1,282 A320 and 202 A330 aircraft.
Nine Chinese transmitters are currently operating the A330 aircraft family.
Image: Airbus’ A330 close and delivery centre inauguration. Photo: courtesy of Airbus.