The two reassured each other they would "deepen cooperation" on environment and climate change, and applauded each other's recent achievements: the Paris One Planet Summit hosted by France and soft launch of a national emissions trading scheme in China.
French President Emmanuel Macron has wrapped up day two of his three-day state visit to China.
Macron said that too often in the past, European countries had come to China with widely varying agendas with some seeking more openness and others wary of more granting more access to their markets.
In the case of the Macron trip, the aide said the planes would all represent new orders and include Airbus's latest A320neo, an upgraded version featuring more-efficient engines, without elaborating on the airlines concerned or providing an estimated value.
Xi said the two countries would hold more high-level talks on trade.
"China and France are both great countries with splendid histories and the exchange and influence between us has deep historical significance for the world", Xi said.
China and France have agreed to further advance their comprehensive strategic partnership.
"France imports 45 billion from China but only exports 15 billion, so we have access to markets which is unbalanced, unsatisfying".
Airbus said Tuesday that it would increase production at its A320 final-assembly line in the northeast city of Tianjin and pledged to deepen its industrial cooperation with China.
Without a big dollar figure attached to the visit, Macron appeared to have fallen short, although French officials said China had asked them not to put a figure on any commercial and industrial deals they did strike.
Now the USA holds the title for the biggest aviation market in the world but China is expected to steal the crown by 2022, leaving Airbus and its rivals battling for business in the Asian nation. "Let's open up both instead". New jet orders have historically featured during such tours by French leaders.