Showing the importance of China, the EADS Group and its joint ventures currently have more than 1,100 employees and the company and its Divisions are present in multiple locations across the country.
Airbus entered the Chinese market in 1985, when an A310 was first delivered to today’s China Eastern Airlines. By the end of October 2010, the Airbus in service fleet in China has risen to 637 aircraft representing 43 percent of the total. China has ordered by end of October in total 738 aircraft directly from Airbus. In Tianjin, Airbus has set up the first Final Assembly Line outside of Europe. Airbus not only values its relationship with airlines in China, it also appreciates the enormous potential offered by Chinese industry. In addition, Airbus has several major technology transfer programmes underway, including one that will enable the complete wing of the A320 Family to be manufactured in China.
Astrium is actively pursuing cooperation with China in the space sector. In 1997, Astrium and CASC set up a joint venture, EurasSpace, which constitutes a link between both major industry players. In 2003, Astrium signed a major contract with CAST for the setting up in Beijing of the world largest Compensated Compact Test Range (CCR120/100). Through Astrium Geoinformation Services, Astrium is also extremely active in the Earth Observation domain. Beijing Spot Images (BSI) is the joint venture founded in 1998 between Spot Image and CEODE, an affiliate organization of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Cassidian has won a number of major contracts in the field of Professional Mobile Radio. The partnership between Cassidian and Chinese companies (CETC and CASIC) started to provide integrated solutions that guaranteed the security for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Cassidian has deployed the TETRA radio systems in airports all over the country which enable digital dispatching services in various airport functions such as airline operation, cargo traffic, ground services, airport public security and oil depots. 2010 has been a very successful year for Cassidian on the Chinese market. It won the contract from the Guangzhou government for a TETRA network to ensure security at the 16th Asian Games in 2010. It also co-signed a contract to provide the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau with a TETRA radio system that will offer secure communication services during the 26th World University Games in 2011.
For over 40 years, Eurocopter has been China’s No. 1 helicopter partner and today it is the leader with a 41% market share and more than 150 helicopters sold across the country.