With the fast development of its aerospace and aviation industry, China is on track to become the world’s largest aviation market, and it is already a major customer of Airbus products, with Chinese deliveries representing nearly a quarter of the company’s global commercial aircraft production.
Airbus values not only its relationship with airlines and helicopter operators in China – it also appreciates the enormous value offered by Chinese industry. With headquarters half a world away, Airbus recognises the value that strong partnerships with local Chinese companies provide. A sampling of these partnerships includes: a composite manufacturing centre in Harbin; an engineering centre in Beijing; a customer support centre that can dispatch some 25,000 spare parts to airlines in the Asia-Pacific region; and a training centre with five full-flight simulators for the A320 and A330/A340 jetliner families and the H225 helicopter. Additionally, an Airbus A320 Family aircraft final assembly line is located in Tianjin. The first Airbus FAL to operate outside of Europe, the facility is a joint venture between Airbus and a Chinese consortium comprising the Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation.
Also in Tianjin is an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre. Co-located at the same site as Tianjin’s A320 Family final assembly line, it is Airbus’ first wide-body centre outside of Europe. The site also supports the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre as well as a logistics centre aimed at improving supply chain management.
Airbus’ Japan office is located in central Tokyo. We operate a state-of-the-art helicopter support facility in Kobe City, providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, customisation, technical support and training using the only full-flight helicopter simulator in Japan. Our logistics centre in Tokyo can deliver spare parts for the helicopter range with the shortest possible lead time. More than 20 major Japanese companies are working with Airbus across an extensive range of programmes.
Research and technology (R&T) is another area for co-operation between Japan and Airbus. Cooperative research activities have been carried out on the evaluation of composite materials and structural health monitoring technology. The use of humanoid robots in aircraft assembly is also being studied, as is high-speed land transport.