There's no doubting that in aviation terms China is the place to be. New airlines are appearing almost every few months and the majors have grown enormous fleets. China now accounts for half of Boeing's 737 deliveries and hundreds of A320s too. However it is Airbus that has taken the lead in truly connecting with its Chinese market succeeding where McDonnell Douglas failed and enabling the creation of truly Chinese Airbuses.
'A320 fuselages arrive at the final assembly lines in two segments, which are joined at Station 41 – beginning the aircraft build-up sequence. The completed fuselage is lifted into duplicated positions, designated Station 40 and 35, where the two wings are mated, along with the integration of engine pylons and landing gear.The A320 Family jetliners then move to a multi-purpose bay for system tests, and the aircraft is readied for cabin installation. This clears the way for the final operations: engine installation, fuel and pressurisation tests, painting, engine run-up and flight testing, followed by aircraft acceptance and delivery.'
Final Assembly Lines Airbus.com
Airbus in China Airbus.com
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2009, June. Airbus' China-made jet takes wing China Aviation Daily
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