Airbus studies plans for assembly in China
Airbus will decide later this year whether to press ahead with plans to assemble aircraft in China for the first time， after yesterday selecting a site near Beijing which could produce aircraft from its A320 family.
The European aircraft manufacturer hopes that assembling aircraft in China will give it an edge in its fierce contest for orders with Boeing， and also attract Chinese investment for its next generation of narrow-body aircraft.
Airbus said an initial feasibility study had identified the northern port city of Tianjin for the assembly line， which would be aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. A final decision is expected in September， and the first deliveries could start in 2008， expanding production to four aircraft a month by 2010.