Airbus is offering a partnership on A380 program to China, if Airlines in China place orders for A380s. The outgoing chief operating officer of Airbus Fabrice Brégier, accompanying French president Emmanuel Macron on a trade visit to China on Monday to hold business meetings with Chinese counterparts to find avenues to keep the A380 production line open and increase the presence of Airbus in China.
Airbus is at a stage where it badly need an opening to save A380 program as it failed to secure most anticipated order for 36 A380 aircraft from Emirates. Eric Chen, Airbus’s China president said last year that Airlines in China could need between 60 and 100 superjumbos in the next five years, sighting passenger traffic growth, but so far Airbus managed to sell only five A380 Aircraft to China Southern Airlines.
Recently, airlines around the world are reluctant to consider super jumbos as many thing its too big to handle.
In this visit, Airbus intends to increase the production of A320s to five a month from four at its Tianjin final assembly line, which would increase its global output to 60 a month from its current rate of 50, sources close to Airbus said. During the visit, Airbus also plans to sell around 100 aircraft valued at $10 billion at list prices, but could vary depending on the breakdown between single-aisle and wide-body jets.
Both Airbus and Boeing are focusing on strengthening their presence in China, where the demand for new Aircraft is expected to outpace western markets in the next decade. However China’s strategy is to improve the quality of its home grown Aircraft (COMAC) and slowly penetrate the global market while consolidating the domestic market.