The European aircraft builder announced Monday that it has reached an agreement to sell 300 passenger aircraft to Chinese airlines. The agreement was signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to France.
The 737 Max competes directly with the Airbus A320neo. The two single-aisle aircraft, which operate short and medium-haul routes, each collected thousands of orders from carriers around the world.
The huge order of Airbus in China is similar to that announced by Boeing less than two years ago. The agreement, which also covers 300 aircraft, was made public during the visit of US President Donald Trump to Xi in Beijing in November 2017.
Both Airbus and Boeing's orders came from a Chinese government holding company that buys jet aircraft for state-owned carriers such as Air China and China Southern Airlines.
It is therefore difficult to know which airlines are buying what and how many aircraft have already been included in the builders' order book.
Airbus has not responded to a request for comments asking for more information on the number of aircraft out of the 300 that counted Monday to have already been accounted for.
China is a giant market for both Airbus and Boeing – and its importance continues to grow.