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Airbus offers China production role on A380
    2018-January-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AIRBUS is offering China a production role on its A380 superjumbo for the first time in an effort to secure a program-extending order for the slow-selling double-decker jet, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The European planemaker is in early talks on granting finishing and interiors work to the Asian nation if it commits to a significant new order for the model, said the source, who asked not to be named.

New sales are crucial for the A380 after a two-year order drought, though moving some work to China could upset the delicate production balance between the planemaker’s French and German plants. The planes are now assembled at the company’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, and subsequently flown to Hamburg for painting and the fitting of cabin furnishings including toilets and seats.

The sources said that only Chinese-ordered planes would be affected and that no decision has been made at present. Further discussions may take place this week during an official visit to China by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Financial Times reported earlier on a possible industrial partnership with China on the A380.

Airbus is seeking ways to revive the A380 after last year failing to secure a new order from Dubai-based Emirates, the superjumbo’s biggest customer. Without a major deal, the model’s future is in doubt, even with the company seeking to eke out work by slowing output to less than a plane a month.

France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said last month after a visit to China that the country had agreed to include the A380 in discussions regarding aircraft requirements.

China has so far bought only five A380s, operated by China Southern Airlines Co., which has struggled to find destinations suited to the jets, having switched them between a variety of routes. (SD-Agencies)

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