07 May 2013

The President and CEO of Airbus Fabrice Brégier has visited China.  During his visit to China, Brégier revealed that the China’s aviation industry will lead the future development of global aviation industry, having benefited from its sustained and healthy development.  This has reflected the speed of growth of air transport which remains more than twice the world’s average growth rate. China’s airlines will continue to introduce the most advanced aircrafts in the world in order to enhance its international competitiveness.  It also reflected the aviation industry of China will further integrate into the world aviation industry.  In the future development of global aviation industry the “China Power” will emerge and Airbus will continue to support its development.


“The air traffic in China grows rapidly in recent years, we expect in the next 20 years China will become the largest aviation market in the world.  Aviation traffic will continue to grow in the next 10 years in mega-cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.   So China needs more wide-body aircraft like A380, A350 and A330 in order to reduce the number of aircraft movements and to ease the air congestion,” Brégier explained.


According to the statistics of 2012 from Civil Aviation Administration of China, there were 6,603,207 take-offs and landings, which has an increase of 10.4% compared with 5,979,664 in 2011.  In 2012, Beijing Capital International Airport had served 557,159 take-offs and landings, which has an increase of 4.5% compared to 2011.  As we all know, the Beijing Capital International Airport has become the second busiest airport in the world, the annual passenger traffic is over 80 million.  It has gone beyond the designed capacity.


Brégier believes the rapid development of China’s aviation industry is an inevitable product of China’s economic and social development.  With further development of China’s aviation market, China will demand more and more wide-body aircraft.  He predicted that the average annual growth rate of China’s aviation industry is about 10% while the growth rate of global aviation industry is 5% in the same period.  In the next 20 years China will need around 200 A380, 1000 A350 and A330 wide-body aircrafts


“A380, A350 and A330 are very competitive models in their respective market.  They can carry more passengers and can reduce the number of take offs and landings.  Also they are very fuel-efficient, more environmentally friendly and more cost-efficient.  For example, an A350 consumes 25% less fuel than our competitors.  It is mainly due to its lighter body.  The utilisation rate of composite material in A350s is at 53%,” he said.


Brégier also stressed that for Airbus, China is not just an important strategic market, but also an important partner.  He revealed that China and Airbus have an industrial output value of nearly 300 million USD at the moment and it will grow to the annual output value of 500 million USD.  China is one of the countries outside Europe with the largest cooperation scale with Airbus.  Many cooperation projects of Airbus outside Europe were launched in China first, namely the first Airbus single-aisle aircraft assembly line and the first Wing assembly project.


In Brégier’s opinion, the Airbus Tianjin A320 series aircraft assembly line is undoubtedly a model project of industrial cooperation between Airbus and China.  The Airbus assembly line in Tianjin have delivered 125 aircrafts to its customers on time and with guaranteed quality until the end of April in 2013.


In addition, Airbus is still carrying out extensive cooperation with China in engineering designs, customer services and aircraft parts production.  Brégier expressed that Airbus is honoured to be able to contribute to the development of China’s aviation industry.