Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to focus on global interoperability.

Airbus CEO Günter Butschek and COMAC president He Dongfeng have signed the agreement under which both firms intend to develop a mutual understanding on new air traffic management (ATM) concepts and operations as defined in the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan.

Both companies will share best practices and identify improvements required by current ATM technology roadmaps both on-board the aircraft and on the ground for secure, efficient and sustainable air traffic operations.

According to Airbus, standardised and interoperable air traffic management will cut short travelling time while reducing emissions and noise levels.

"We are facing common challenges, which need all the players of the entire industry to meet together."

Dongfeng said: "Environmental protection, aircraft safety and a seamless cooperation between industry players are important factors in promoting a sustainable aviation industry.

"Through collaboration, both companies will jointly contribute to the long-term sustainable development of the aviation industry."

Butschek said: "To build sustainable aviation, which is our common goal, we are facing common challenges, which need all the players of the entire industry to meet together.

"Airbus has been collaborating with all the players of the industry around the world to promote the sustainable growth of the aviation industry and the cooperation with COMAC is a part of our worldwide efforts."

Further projects will be launched, depending upon the expansion of the scope of the cooperation.

Image: Airbus and COMAC plan to work on sustainable air transport growth. Photo: courtesy of Airbus SAS.