Airbus and the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) have agreed to continue their cooperation in the field of aviation safety for another five years.
The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Airbus and CAAC states that both partners will continue to work together on safety challenges, especially those arising from the rapid development of the civil aviation industry in China. The MoU was signed by Eric Chen, Airbus China President and Lü Erxue, Chief Inspector of CAAC.
The MoU includes continuing the reinforced maintenance operation support programme, continuing projects in flight operations and aviation safety such as providing flight instructor refresh courses to CAAC and Chinese airlines, deploying Performance Based Navigation (PBN) / Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and other new technologies in China, organizing high level management training courses to senior level civil aviation officials and airline executives and strengthening information exchanges and communication between Airbus, CAAC and Chinese operators.
“The success of the current and previous cooperation programme on safety gives us all reason to pursue the cooperation with Airbus,” said Lü Erxue. “Safety is of paramount importance for civil aviation. The best practices and latest technologies introduced by Airbus in the course of the cooperation support us a lot in addressing safety challenges, especially those arising from the rapid development of the civil aviation industry in China,” Lü added.
“Hundreds of millions of people fly on Airbus aircraft every year around the world and the number of Airbus aircraft operated by Chinese airlines is increasing rapidly. Working closely with our industry partners to ensure the highest levels of safety is Airbus’ top priority,” said Eric Chen. “Here in China we are pleased to continue to work closely with the Chinese civil aviation regulators and operators to further enhance the safety standards in Chinese civil aviation. We are proud to share expertise between CAAC and Airbus,” Chen added.
The Airbus and CAAC’s cooperation on safety started in 2002. Since then, both partners have already launched various initiatives which have contributed to improving the safety of aircraft operations through, for example, enhanced inspectors’ training or improved maintenance. The second MoU signed in 2008 covered a cooperation programme in the areas of rules and regulations training for Chinese aviation authorities, maintenance operation support for airlines, air traffic management (ATM) technologies and concepts and a “train the trainer” program for Chinese aviation institutes and universities.