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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will further industrialize its technology and innovation projects-by launching a new research center in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, Jiangsu province-and focus on research of its futuristic hydrogen-powered aircraft. Airbus said the Yangtze River Delta region has an advanced aviation industrial chain, and the research center is expected to be put into operation by early next year. It will start the hiring process this year, and allow enough time for the recruitment of foreign employees. Airbus said the new research center will be a useful complement to its existing business and will help decarbonize its

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said it has been in close discussions with Chinese airlines, especially small and medium-sized carriers, for possible sales of its 100-to 150-seat, low-emission A220 aircraft, which are not yet in service in China. The aircraft model is considered by aviation industry experts as suitable for flights in western China and second-tier cities in eastern China. The single-aisle A220 fills the gap between regional-level aircraft like the domestically developed jetliner ARJ21 and single-aisle aircraft such as the A320 and the Boeing B737 that are used on both short and long-haul routes. Airbus said among its single-aisle aircraft

Four Chinese airlines have signed deals to buy nearly 300 A320neo planes from the European aircraft maker Airbus, as the aviation industry continues to recover from COVID-19. The deals, worth $37 billion in total based on catalog price, are the biggest new aircraft orders placed by Chinese carriers since the pandemic broke out. The purchase came after a bumper year for Airbus, which posted record profits in 2021 after two years of sluggishness because of the pandemic. It has also given Airbus another boost over its US rival Boeing. Air China has ordered 64 A320neo aircraft, its holding subsidiary Shenzhen