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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Airbus eyes sale of at least 100 jets to China 

The company looks to clinch a deal during French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Beijing

Airbus is in talks to sell 100 or more jetliners to China during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Beijing next week. Regis Duvignau / Reuters.
Airbus is in talks to sell 100 or more jetliners to China during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Beijing next week. Regis Duvignau / Reuters.

Airbus is in talks to sell 100 or more jetliners to China during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Beijing next week, people familiar with the negotiations said.

Macron plans to visit on January 8-10, accompanied by 50 company executives including officials from Airbus.

The value of a deal for around 100 aircraft would be over US$10 billion at list prices, but could rise sharply depending on the breakdown between single-aisle and wide-body jets.

The total number of aircraft has yet to be agreed and has historically depended on last-minute commercial negotiations that coincide with such diplomatic visits.

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China's central purchasing agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Airbus in China said: "Discussions with customers are always going on, but we do not comment on speculation."

In November, Boeing agreed to sell 300 planes worth $37bn at list prices to China during a state visit by US President Donald Trump.