Airbus' newly-opened Engineering Centre in Beijing will perform work that includes an important share in the A350 airliner programme.
Dr. Gustav Humbert, President and CEO of Airbus, inaugurated the new Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Centre, in the presence of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister. This was the first overseas visit of Gustav Humbert since his nomination at the head of Airbus.
â€œChina is a very important and strategic part of Airbusâ€™ global picture and Airbus highly values cooperation with the Chinese aviation industry,â€ said Gustav Humbert at the inauguration.
The opening of Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Centre marks the beginning of a new phase in the close industrial partnership that has existed for the past two decades between China and Airbus. It also demonstrates Airbusâ€™ commitment to the long-term development of the Chinese aviation industry.
Airbus plans to allocate a significant work share to China in the A350 programme. The new Engineering Centre will also help China train more engineers of world-class standards. The first group of engineers has already finished their training programme in Europe and started working. The number of engineers in the Centre is planned to increase to 50 by the end of the year, and to 200 by 2008.
Airbus expects the new centre to play a key role in developing an even closer relationship between Airbus and the Chinese aviation industry with a view to China becoming a full risk-sharing partner in a future Airbus programme for new generation aircraft.