EADS made another foray into what has typically been Boeing country: Japan.
The European aerospace and defense company announced today that it’s setting up an office in Tokyo, Japan, to “strengthen EADS’ presence in the country and forge further long-term business relationships with Japanese industry and aerospace institutions.”
The Boeing Co. long has touted its strong relationship Japanese suppliers, saying that connection has translated to large commercial jet orders from Japanese airlines. According to Boeing, the company has won 80 percent of Japanese carriers’ jet orders in the past decade.
In terms of Boeing’s commercial backlog today, Japan ranks seventh in outstanding orders. That’s behind the United States, China, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ireland and Germany.
It’s understandable, then, that EADS and Airbus want to try to steal away a bit of Boeing’s business in Japan. EADS described the Japanese aerospace market as “one of the largest in the world.”
“Establishing a subsidiary in Japan underlines EADS’ strong commitment to the country,” said Vincent Larnicol, President of EADS Japan. “It represents a major step forward for EADS to further its ties with Japan and offer a strong European alternative when it comes to aerospace partnerships and equipment acquisition.”
For more on EADS and Japan, check out the company’s press release.
Also in EADS/Airbus news:
Flightglobal has this update on Airbus’ A350 XWB fuselage. It includes pictures of the A350 fuselage barrel which will be used for testing by Airbus.
Bloomberg News reports that funding for the A350 XWB has been held up as Germany wants more manufacturing work.