Airbus Chairman Renee Oppermann warned against increasing competition with China in the manufacture of aircraft.
“Aviation is increasingly affected by digital technologies and the entry of new competitors into the market,” Obermann told the German newspaper, Handelsblatt, on Monday, adding that “there is a new and important competitor coming from China.”He added that in a decade, Chinese competition, especially Huawei, had somewhat invaded the global industry. “You could call this paranoia, but I’m always worried about losing technologies,” he added.
COMAC, China’s largest aircraft maker, developed the C919, Airbus’ best-selling A320-size plane, and the engines for the China plane were built by CFM, a joint venture between US General Electric and France’s Safran.
In 2017, the C919 completed its maiden flight and is currently undergoing test flights. “If Airbus wants to maintain its market leadership position in 10 or 15 years, it must make every effort to increase its efficiency and pioneering innovations,” Obermann said.