Shenzhen-based Airbus has hired a veteran Chinese pilot as its second in command, according to aviation news website Aviation Salary.
The move follows the hiring of a former fighter pilot in January who flew the Boeing 777-200ER as a flight instructor for Chinese pilots.
The Airbus executive will be in charge of flying all the planes in China’s Air Force and the first flight of the 777-300ER, Airbus said in a statement on Monday.
Airbus’s hire of Chinese-American former fighter pilots comes amid China’s continuing crackdown on dissent and human rights abuses, and in the wake of a string of recent accidents that left two Chinese pilots dead.
The Chinese government has also sought to expand its influence over its aerospace industry.