Monday, 22 January, 2018

China orders 184 Airbus A320 planes

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Sammy Stanley | 13 January, 2018, 05:43

At the list price for A320s, the order could total $18 billion, but large buyers often get deep discounts.

From an evening dress in deep red, a symbol of good luck in China, to a lovely white coat and blue coat dress, French first lady Brigitte Macron looked the epitome of French chic accompanying her husband, French President Emmanuel Macron, on his state visit to Beijing and Xian this week - while also playing some savvy fashion diplomacy.

China, which purchases its jets collectively before distributing them to various carriers, now accounts for nearly a quarter of the European planemaker's deliveries.

An Airbus spokeswoman declined to say whether the company would agree to build the A380 in China with an aim to secure more orders. New jet orders have historically featured during such tours by French leaders.

On the final leg of his three-day visit to China, Macron urged leaders from other European Union countries to be more careful about the assets they allow to be taken over.

At a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and Philippe Etienne, diplomatic advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron the two sides agreed to maintain close coordination and jointly plan for high-level exchanges between the two countries.

Vietnam among countries with lowest travel security risks
Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks ", suffering "significant injuries as a outcome of these attacks". Ranking Pakistan on Level 3 (reconsider travel ), the State Department asked its citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan.

Of the mooted A320 deal, an Airbus spokesman said that the manufacturer does not comment on any possible commercial agreements.

Airbus said Tuesday that it would increase production at its A320 final-assembly line in the northeast city of Tianjin and pledged to deepen its industrial cooperation with China.

In a formal statement following Macron's visit, France and China said they were exploring new plane contracts and discussing openings for the A330, A350 and A380 wide-body models.

"As a major European country, France can also play a pioneering role in solving some of the lingering issues overshadowing China's co-operation with the continent, notably the market economy status", it said.

Travel demand within China is expected to grow about 6 per cent annually over the next two decades, according to the United States planemaker.

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