The A380, whilst now selling poorly, remains an extraordinary aircraft.
On paper, it could therefore be an excellent fit for Chinese carriers. China has the largest Airbus fleet in the world and will continue as one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the next decades.
As a result, Airbus is now reported to be in active sales negotiations with Chinese airlines. As the Chairman of Airbus China, I will continue to support Airbus' development in China.
Airbus SE (AIR.FR) said Wednesday that it had appointed George Xu as the new chief executive for Airbus China.
Both sides agreed to further enhance their industrial partnership in Tianjin and strengthen cooperation with regards to technical innovation, engineering capabilities and supply chain expansion.
Mr. Xu had previously worked in Airbus China and was most recently party secretary of the Tianjin Youth League.
George Xu was Chairman of the Board of Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line and, in parallel, Vice President of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee in 2011 till 2014. Deliveries to Chinese customers and to operators throughout the Asia-Pacific region included the first A320neo in the second half of 2017. "I am confident China will continue to play a key role in Airbus' global strategy".
China regularly splits large orders between Europe and the United States to cope with its fast-expanding airline traffic, but the momentum has recently been with rival Boeing, which sold 300 jets during a visit by US President Donald Trump a year ago.