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12 October 2010
12. October 2010 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus opens new supplier village extension in Beijing


With a new addition to the Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre in Beijing, this facility will provide enhanced support for operators of Airbus aircraft in China.

The Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre in Beijing, a joint venture between Airbus and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), has opened a new extension at its supplier village to provide enhanced and more efficient support for operators of Airbus aircraft in China – including information and communications technology (ICT) and other logistics support.
The extension provides 500 square metres of additional office space, along with a new workshop area and office for the ICT team – which can offer bilingual 24-hour support to suppliers.  An inauguration ceremony marking its formal opening was held today, which was followed by a Supplier Village Business Forum.
“As a part of the Airbus global support network, the Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre has played an important role in supporting the operators of Airbus aircraft in China,” said Laurence Barron, President of Airbus China and Vice Chairman of the Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre Board. “We appreciate the strong support from the suppliers and we are sure that by working together more closely with them, we will offer more efficient support to operators.”
Over the past decade, the in-service fleet of Airbus aircraft in mainland China has grown on average by more than 20 per cent annually. To date, more than 620 Airbus aircraft are operated in China, with continued growth projected during the coming years.
“The new extension, which is funded by the Hua-Ou joint venture itself, is a demonstration of the success story of the joint venture and the cooperation between Airbus and CAS,” said Li Hai, President of the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, and Chairman of the Hua-Ou Board. “CAS will continue to provide strong support to the further development of the centre, which will contribute more to the development of China’s aviation industry.”
The Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre, which is China’s first maintenance training facility, offers door-to-door delivery services to several Chinese airlines. A total of 44 companies from Europe and the United States have committed to establishing a presence at the centre.

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