CHINA: A320 to get China-made wings next year

China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industry (XAC) will deliver the first set of fully equipped wings to Airbus’ A320 aircraft final assembly line in north China’s Tianjin in the first quarter of next year, the China Daily reported. The wing equipping work will start next month in Tianjin at a site close to the final assembly line, […]


China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industry (XAC) will deliver the first set of fully equipped wings to Airbus’ A320 aircraft final assembly line in north China’s Tianjin in the first quarter of next year, the China Daily reported.

The wing equipping work will start next month in Tianjin at a site close to the final assembly line, the newspaper said, citing Laurence Barron, president of Airbus China. Airbus will also create a logistics center in Tianjin to harmonize the transport systems for all aircraft components flowing in and out of China, Barron said.

The A320 wing is the largest and most complicated Airbus aircraft component a Chinese company has ever made. China is Airbus’ only wing manufacturer outside Europe. Currently, XAC manufactures the A320 wing box structures in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, and ships them to the UK for installation of moving parts and systems.