His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, praising the company and its workers as models of Europe's capability to be a world leader in aviation and technology.
With a dimension of 15.6m x 1.5m x 0.8m, the A320 fixed trailing edge comprises more than 500 components and some 20 new materials with special processes. It is one of the most difficult and complicated overseas programs that XAC has ever undertaken due to its high-tech contents. More than 1,000 such parts remain to be delivered.
The next phase of the programme, the manufacturing of the wing box, will start soon.
Speaking at the delivery ceremony, Airbus Executive Vice President Procurement Tom Williams said: "This underscores our commitment to the long-term development of China's aviation industry through industrial cooperation and increased procurement from China."
"In recent years, we have carried out fruitful cooperation with Airbus," said XAC President Gao Dacheng. "We hope our cooperation can be further consolidated and expanded."
Xi'an Aircraft Company currently makes electronics bay doors for Airbus A320 Family and A330/A340 Family aircraft. The company also produces fixed trailing edges for the wings of the A320 Family aircraft, as well as brake blades and medium air duct for the A330/A340 Family aircraft. It is to become the sole supplier of electronics bay doors for the Airbus A320 Family aircraft by 2006.
At the delivery ceremony (left to right): Laurence Barron, Airbus China President; Yang Yuzhong, China Aviation Corporation Industry I (AVIC I) Executive Vice President; Dave Micklewright, Airbus Procurement Wing COE; and Tom Williams, Airbus Executive Vice President Procurement.