Airbus cleared to reopen Tianjin plant

A320 assembly line remains closed because of logistical and health and safety challenges caused by coronavirus outbreak in China
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The Chinese Government has cleared Airbus to reopen its plant in Tianjin, which remains closed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Airbus had to close its A320 final assembly line in China earlier this month because of health and safety concerns and logistical challenges to its supply chain caused by the virus.

The coronavirus has so far killed more than 500 people and has impacted heavily on shipping and supply chains in China.

Airbus said in a statement it is “observing Chinese Government requirements and has been authorised by the Chinese authorities to restart operations of the Tianjin Final Assembly Line”.

It said: “This means [the plant] can gradually increase production, whilst implementing all required health and safety measures for Airbus employees which remains the top priority.”

The planemaker added that it is “evaluating the situation and monitoring any potential knock-on effects to production and deliveries”.

It said it will try to mitigate via alternative plans where necessary and will provide updates on the situation as it develops.

Tianjin is one of four A320 assembly lines in the world and produces six aircraft per month, almost 10% of the global production of the jet. 

Speaking at the Singapore Airshow this week, Airbus head of marketing Francois Caudron told Simple Flying that he is confident that the manufacturer can sell 1,000 A321XLRs over the next decade. 

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