China's national planning agency has approved Airbus' selection of Tianjin for the location of its A320 jets assembly line, the first outside the aircraft maker's European base.
The assembly line will be located in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin, a northern port city, said the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Thursday.
The first aircraft is expected to roll off the line in 2008 and four aircraft will be manufactured every month since 2011, according to a cooperation memorandum between the two sides.
The commission said that the launch of the assembly line is an important step for China and Airbus to make long-term and sustainable cooperation in the sector of aviation.
Aircraft manufactured by the assembly line will meet completely the standards and crafts of its European assembly line, the commission said.
Presently Airbus is making preliminary preparations for the launch of the assembly line and it will be the first time that single-aisle commercial airliners to be entirely produced in China.
Airbus announced to launch the line in China at the beginning of this year, and candidate cities included Tianjin, Shanghai, Xi'an in northwestern Shaanxi Province and Zhuhai in southern Guangdong Province.
A320 is a major single-aisle aircraft model with 150 seats, which has a great market demand.
Airbus entered China's aviation market in 1985, seeing the number of its aircraft in China up by ten times in the past ten years.