George Xu as been appointed Airbus China CEO. The agreement was signed between He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China and Fabrice Brgier, COO and president commercial aircraft if Airbus in Beijing.
China regularly splits large orders between Europe and the United States to cope with its fast-expanding airline traffic, but the momentum has recently been with rival Boeing, which sold 300 jets during a visit by US President Donald Trump past year.
In his role, Xu will be responsible for all Airbus commercial aircraft activities, as well as lead the firm's helicopters and defence and space businesses in the country.
China, however, placed a large order for 140 Airbus jets during a visit to Germany by Xi last July.
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Xu started his career in the Tianjin Economic and Technology Development Area Administrative Committee in 1995 and was promoted to deputy director of the Investment Promotion Bureau of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone in 2003, and then director of the bureau in 2005. That same year, Xu became party secretary of the Tianjin Youth League.
George Xu was Chairman of the Board of Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line and, in parallel, Vice President of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee in 2011 till 2014.
"The industrial cooperation between Airbus and China and its continued success are a true role model of a winning partnership between China and Europe". Since its inauguration in 2008, the final assembly line in Tianjin has assembled a total of 354 A320 family aircraft till December 31, 2017.