A party of experts from The People's Republic of China had bonus when they visited the Hawker Siddeley aircraft factory at Hatfield, UK, on Tuesday (16 January).
A party of experts from The People's Republic of China had bonus when they visited the Hawker Siddeley aircraft factory at Hatfield, UK, on Tuesday (16 January). While they were at the plant to see progress on Trident aircraft they had ordered, the new European Airbus flew overhead.
The Airbus -- the A300B -- was making its first flight outside France. The Chinese Foreign Trade Minister, Mr. Pia Hsiang-Kuo, and his fellow delegates watched the 300-seater aircraft make low-level runs. It then flew on to Luton Airport, which is near a large residential area, to prove its claim to being the world's quietest big jet.
The aircraft is being produced by a European consortium involving firms in france (Aerospatiale), Germany (MBB and FVW-Fokker), Netherlands (Fokker-FVW), Spain Casa) and the United Kingdom (Hawker Siddeley).
SYNOPSIS: A Chinese flag welcomed a delegation from The People's Republic of China to the Hawker Siddeley aircraft factory at Hatriceld, in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday.
Hatfield is where Hawker Siddely are building Trident aircraft for The People's Republic. The Chinese have increased their order to 20 -- a fifth of the total production. The party which visited the factory to see progress on the Tridents was led by Mr. Pia Hsiang-Kuo, the chinese Minister for foreign Trade.
They checked how work was progressing on their 25 million pound deal. The Chinese order will keep the Hatfield production lines busy until 1975. the experts from the People's Republic have also shown an interest in the VC 10, and although that's now out of production Hawker Siddeley say, they're willing to spend GBP20 million pounds on a fresh plant if China places a sufficiently large order.
An added bonus for the visitors was seeing the European Airbus in action. The Airbus -- the A300B -- is being built by a consortium of European firms, including Hawker Siddelsy. It was making its first long flight from its French base, and flew low over the Hawker siddeley airfield for the benefit of the Chinese experts.
They were able to judge the claim that the Airbus is the world's quietest t large airliner.