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By increasing the sourcing of parts, especially for the A380 -- the new double-decker plane capable of carrying up to 555 passengers -- the European group hopes to better integrate the mainland market into its supply chain.
Already since the mid-1980s Chinese manufacturers have delivered to Airbus parts for doors, noses and wings valued at more than 500 million dollars, according to Xinhua news agency.
Five Chinese companies produce parts for Airbus planes, including emergency doors for A320s made by the Shenyang Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company and the main parts for the A320's nose by the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group).
The consortium will also transfer technologies for producing entire A320 jet wings to China that will enable all the components to be produced in the country by 2007.
While Airbus planes are unlikely to be assembled in their entirety in China anytime soon, the building of major components would likely help Airbus capture a larger slice of the world's third largest aviation market.