Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, in a move to expand its global footprint and strategic partnership with China. Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the A330 C&DC covers aircraft completion activities including cabin installation, aircraft painting and production flight testing, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery. Some 150 Chinese staff members of the C&DC have been trained by Airbus experts in Toulouse.
The new plant is composed of paint shop, weighing hangar and one main hangar with three aircraft positions, covering an area of 16,800 square meters.The A330 C&DC in Tianjin will employ more than 250 people and is ready to deliver two aircraft per month by early 2019.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and president of its commercial aircraft activities stated that, “Wide-body aircraft completed in China is an Airbus and an industry first, which demonstrates our mutual commitment to a strong and growing Chinese aviation sector.”
To celebrate the C&DC’s inauguration, a first A330 aircraft was delivered to Tianjin Airlines. The aircraft which was assembled and equipped in Toulouse by Chinese and European staff.