Employees work at the A320 family final assembly line of Airbus factory in Tianjin, China, August 12, 2015. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
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Airbus Wednesday inaugurated its first completion center for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.The A330, operated by nine Chinese airlines, is the most popular wide-body aircraft in the country.The majority of Airbus orders in China remain its A320 single-aisle jetliner.According to the company, China will need about 6,000 airliners over the next two decades, and its demand for large carriers will be boosted by the explosion of Chinese passenger traffic abroad that is increasing at 14 percent per year, said Eric Chen, president of Airbus China.
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