State-owned aircraft procurement vehicle China Aviation Supplies Holding Company signed a General Terms of Agreement with Airbus for the order of 150 A320 Family aircraft and ten A350-900s on behalf of various Chinese airlines.

The preliminary contract was signed during French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to China and was witnessed by both Macron and China's president, Xi Jinping.

As with other orders placed via the national holding, no details were revealed regarding the allocation of the aircraft to individual airlines. The parties did not disclose any expected delivery timelines.

CASC has outstanding orders for one A320-200 and eight A330-300s.

The European manufacturer also signed an agreement with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd. and Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd. (AVIC) to add a second A320 Family final assembly line to its existing Tianjin facility. Airbus launched the Chinese site in 2008. In March 2023, the first A321-200neo was completed in Tianjin. Airbus and Airbus Canada also have assembly lines at Toulouse Blagnac (all types), Hamburg Finkenwerder (A320neo Family), Mobile Downtown (A220 and A320neo), and Montréal Mirabel (A220) airports. The second Tianjin assembly line is scheduled to become operational by the end of 2025.

The ch-aviation fleets module shows that 32 Chinese airlines currently operate 2,135 Airbus aircraft. In contrast, there are 49 Boeing operators in the country, but their collective fleet is markedly smaller at 1,817 aircraft.