September 30, 2008

Airbus and CAAC Sign Safety Co-Operation Agreement

Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding on safety co-operation with the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) covers a five-year co-operation program in the areas of rules and regulations training for Chinese aviation authorities, maintenance operation support for airlines, air traffic management technologies and concepts and a 'train the trainer' program for Chinese aviation institutes and universities. This MoU follows an earlier safety cooperation agreement that was signed in 2002.

Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus, said: "Hundreds of millions of people fly on Airbus aircraft every year, and their safety is our top priority. Within this partnership, regulators, operators and Airbus, as manufacturer, work closely together to further enhance the safety standards in Chinese civil aviation and ensure future interoperability of systems in the world.

"We are proud to continue the sharing of our experiences together between Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and Airbus. With the signing of today's agreement, the co-operation between Airbus and its Chinese partners will be an enhanced and continuous action."