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Spotlight: China’s reform, opening-up enables Airbus to fly higher

Airbus embarked on its partnership journey with China more than three decades ago. In 1985, China bought its first Airbus aircraft; in 1994, the group established its first official presence in Beijing.

“I am particularly proud of this history,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Enders noted the partnership between China and Airbus had taken a leap forward over the past 10 years, with the group’s first final assembly line outside of Europe beginning operation in Tianjin in 2008.

The group has remarkably expanded the number of its commercial aircraft sold to China. By late 2017, there were more than 1,500 Airbus commercial jetliners in service in China, and deliveries to the country represent nearly a quarter of Airbus’ total jetliner production.Read more…

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