March 25, 2019 / 4:28 PM / 6 months ago

Airbus close to signing aircraft deal with China - sources

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus is close to signing a deal worth billions of dollars with China following a delay of more than a year in the negotiations, industry sources said on Monday.

The deal is part of a package of trade deals coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Airbus declined to comment.

China has become a key hunting ground for Airbus and its leading rival Boeing, thanks to surging travel demand, but the outlook has been complicated by Beijing’s desire to grow its own industrial champions and, more recently for Boeing, the U.S.-China trade war. (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by John Irish)

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