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Airbus Said to Consider Making Newest Jet in China to Win Orders

  • Planemaker may build A330Neos at existing factory in Tianjin
  • Move comes as Rolls-Royce is said to offer local engine plant
An Airbus A330neo. 

An Airbus A330neo. 

Photographer: Pascal Pavani/AFP via Getty Images

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Airbus SE is looking at assembling its newest A330neo wide-body jet in China as part of a bid to win orders for the plane in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Airbus may expand its existing plant in Tianjin to accommodate the model, but a decision hasn’t been made with the business case yet to be established, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. The plan may not go ahead, they cautioned. A spokesman for Airbus declined to comment.