DUSHANBE, May 14 2014, Asia-Plus – A delegation of the European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, is currently in Dushanbe to study Tajik market’s opportunities, according to the Tajik MFA information department.

The main purpose of the visit is for them to hold talks with Tajik officials and senior representatives of private companies to discuss cooperation opportunities.

Their visit to Tajikistan will last till May 19, the source said.

Airbus SAS is aircraft manufacturing division of Airbus Group (formerly European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company).  Based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, the company produced 626 airliners in 2013.

Airbus began as a consortium of aerospace manufacturers, Airbus Industrie. Consolidation of European defense and aerospace companies in 1999 and 2000 allowed the establishment of a simplified joint-stock company in 2001, owned by EADS (80%) and BAE Systems (20%).  After a protracted sales process BAE sold its shareholding to EADS on 13 October 2006.

Airbus employs around 63,000 people at sixteen sites in four countries: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.  Final assembly production is based at Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain; and, since 2009 as a joint-venture, Tianjin, China.  Airbus has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, China and India.

The company produces and markets the first commercially viable fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320, and the world''s largest passenger airliner, the A380.