Xian Aircraft delivers first A320 sharklet wing box

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Xian Aircraft Industry has manufactured the first Chinese-made Airbus A320 sharklet wing box.

The box will be shipped to the manufacturer's Tianjin facility for follow-up wing assembly and system integration.

Xian Aircraft, a subsidiary of state-owned airframer Aviation Industry Corporation of China, has been producing A320 wing boxes in China for some years.

With Airbus's introduction of sharklets, the aircraft's wing box structures must now be strengthened to cope with the heavier wings.