Airbus to deliver first A330 from China facility this year

Beijing: The Airbus is expected to deliver its first A330 aircraft in September 2017 from its completion and delivery centre in north China's Tianjin, said a company statement on Monday.

By 2019, the Airbus' facility in Tianjin city of China will reach stable production capacity, completing and delivering two A330 wide-body aircraft every month, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Airbus statement. 

"The cabin of the A330 is more complicated than the single-aisle aircraft due to the massive workload and difficulty," said Francois Mery, COO with Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, adding that the completion and delivery centre will be responsible for cabin installation, painting and flight tests of the A330.

On March 2, 2016, construction on the A330 aircraft centre started in Tianjin, where A330 aircraft will be completed and delivered to Chinese clients.

It is Airbus' first completion and delivery centre for wide-body aircraft outside Europe. The first A330 aircraft was expected to be delivered from the centre in 2017.

Airbus delivered 153 aircraft to Chinese operators in 2016, its seventh consecutive year of more than 100 deliveries.

The deliveries included 141 aircraft in its single-aisle A320 family and 12 of its A330 family.

According to Airbus, there are 1,383 Airbus aircraft in service on Chinese mainland, about half of China's total civil aircraft with more than 100 seats.

The joint venture between Airbus and Chinese partners in Tianjin has delivered more than 300 A320 aircraft since it went into operation in 2008.