Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tianjin delivers 300th A320

BEIJING – The 300th A320 to come off the assembly line at the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Center was delivered to China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. Thursday. It was then turned over to Sichuan Airlines, according to Airbus China. Inaugurated in 2008, the Tianjin assembly line has reached its phase I production target of four aircraft per month. The assembly line is a joint venture between Airbus, Tianjin Airport Economic Area Zone and Tianjin Port Free Trade Administrative Committee, and the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The partners have agreed to extend the joint venture until 2025 for phase II. It was the third A320 final assembly line in the world and the first outside Europe. It delivered its first aircraft in June 2009. (Source: China Daily, 12/16/16) Gulf Coast note: The fourth A320 family assembly line was established in Mobile, Ala.