China Focus Comes at a Cost for Germany

Following chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing last week, Judy Dempsey warns at The New York Times that Germany’s booming trade with China may be a double-edged sword: As the crisis drags down most European...

China Advances Its Aviation Dream

The New York Times reports on China’s new jetliner that aims to compete with Airbus and Boeing: The narrow-body, single-aisle C919 plane is scheduled to make its first voyage in 2014 before being delivered to buyers in...

Dave Demerjian: China Rushes Into Building Planes

From the Wired blog: China, perhaps uncomfortable with the thought of an industry it doesn’t completely dominate, is accelerating plans to roll out a home-grown passenger plane to compete with best-selling planes from...

Airbus to Source More from China – Joseph Chaney

Airbus plans to enhance its partnership with China by ordering millions of dollars worth of Chinese-made airline components. From Reuters: European plane-maker Airbus wants to source more parts from China and grab more market share from arch-foe Boeing in a market it expects to double every five to six years. The firm owned by EADS, […]

Airbus Industries Kicks off Construction of China Plant – AFP

From AFP via the China Post: Airbus Industries held a ceremony Tuesday marking the start of construction of an assembly plant near the north Chinese port city of Tianjin, its first plane factory outside of Europe. The Airbus A320 assembly line in the Tianjin Binhai New Area is expected to start operating in August next […]

Site Chosen in China for Airbus Assembly Plant – Keith Bradsher

From New York Times: Airbus and the Chinese government said today that that Tianjin , a port near Beijing, will be the site of a new plant to assemble Airbus A320 narrow-body jetliners. Airbus cautioned that a final decision to go ahead with the project would not be made until the end of September. But […]

The Battle for China’s Lucrative Skies – Dexter Roberts and Frederik Balfour

From The Business Week: Airbus’ new deal to sell 150 planes to politically savvy Beijing ratchets up the long-running dogfight over market-share with archrival Boeing It was a day of deals, all aimed at tapping China’s high-flying aviation sector. On Dec. 5, London-based petroleum player BP (BP ) announced it was spending $44 million for […]

Closer ties with China help Airbus win 150-plane order – AP

From AP, via Chicago Tribune: China placed its biggest order ever for Airbus planes Monday, as the aircraftmaker’s parent company, European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., said efforts to build a strategic partnership with China were beginning to pay off. With visiting Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his French counterpart, Dominique de Villepin, looking […]

Airbus in $1.5bn deal with China – BBC

From BBC NEWS: Airbus A330 A Chinese airline has placed an order for 10 Airbus A330 aircraft in a deal worth $1.5bn (¬£815m). The deal was witnessed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao, during a visit by Mr Blair on European Union business. The purchaser, China Southern Airlines, has […]



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