China Breaks Ground on Engine Assembly Center

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    cir Senior Member Senior Member

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    China has broken ground at its first aircraft engine assembly and testing centre in Shanghai, in a bid to develop a domestic aviation engine industry by 2020.

    March 5, 2012

    The 8 million m² centre, being built with an investment of CNY8bn ($1.27bn), will have six major areas for assembly, maintenance, experimentation, engine-making, public relations and administration.

    The first phase of the centre will be completed in 2015, while the second phase of its construction will be finished in 2020.

    After completion the centre is expected to be a hub for testing spare parts and maintaining the overall performance of indigenous aircraft engines.

    Commercial Aircraft Engine assistant manager, Kang Ziyue, told Shanghai Daily: "The company will establish China's first assembly line for aircraft engines in 2014 and have the mass production ability for the engines in 2020."

    Kang continued: "After being established, the center for the assembly, experimentation and maintenance of engines will fill a gap in the country's aircraft engine making industry."

    China's Commercial Aircraft Engine under the Aviation Industry of China (AVIC / ACAE) is developing engines for the first domestic 150-seat jet C919, and is also planning to manufacture engines for more types of the domestic jets.

    The country is investing about CNY200bn ($31.7bn) in developing a domestic jumbo jet, with all development phases including design, sourcing and production due to be completed in China.

    ACAE said that the initial C919 jets will be powered by CFM International engines.

    CFM International, a 50 / 50 joint venture between Safran and General Electric, had previously secured a contract to supply engines for the Chinese-made planes which was initially worth $10bn.

    The Chinese engine maker said that the first deliveries of domestic engines for the 150-seat jumbo jets are expected in 2020.

    The company is building its research and development base in the Minhang District in China, which has a floor area of 300,000m² to include the company's headquarters, an R&D centre and airworthiness centre. It is expected to be completed in 2013.

    With 150 seats and a flying range of 4,075km, the C919 already has 235 orders from more than ten Chinese companies and its first flight is scheduled in 2014.

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    Final work on C919 by year's end

    2012-03-06 08:44

    THE Commercial Aircraft Corp of China will finish work on the country's first homemade jumbo jet, the C919, by the end of this year, and the aviation regulator encourages domestic airlines to buy the plane, whose maiden flight will be 2014.

    COMAC will finish designing, manufacturing and launching experiments on the 150-seat jet, which has a flying range of 4,075 kilometers this year, said Wu Guanghui, vice manager of COMAC and chief designer of the aircraft.

    He said the final assembly of the jet will be done at the new COMAC assembly center, which is nearing completion in Shanghai's Pudong New Area.

    Wu said the C919 would first fly with imported engines from CFM International, which also supplies engines to Boeing and Airbus.

    There are plans for the jet to fly with homemade engines by 2020.

    Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the regulator, said: "Domestic airlines should choose the C919 because the Chinese plane has advantage on price."

    Eastday-Final work on C919 by year's end
     
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    China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION

    China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION • The Register

    Look out Boeing and Airbus, there's a new kid in town

    By Phil Muncaster

    Posted in Business, 1st March 2012 14:32 GMT

    China is ramping up its plans for domination of international civil airspace with recent deals to flog its home-grown aircraft set to cause a few sweaty palms at Boeing and Airbus.

    Spearheading this push is the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) C919, a 168-190 seat narrow-body airline design which will be China’s biggest commercial plane when it takes off for testing in 2014.

    Design and assembly of the aircraft will be done in Shanghai and although the first deliveries will not be made until 2016, China has bold plans that could help break the long-standing duopoly of Boeing and Airbus.

    Some 235 orders have already been received for the plane from 11 different companies and the end goal of the government’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to flog 2,000 jets in 20 years, according to Chinese tech site MIC Gadget.

    There is certainly enough in the coffers of Chinese industry to drive these ambitious growth plans. Singapore-based Bank of China subsidiary BOC Aviation signed a deal for 20 C919s at the Singapore Airshow last month, for example.

    An admittedly nationalistic Beijing Business Today article trumpeted the strides being made by China’s nascent aircraft manufacturing industry.

    National Civil Aviation Secretary Eric Li is quoted as saying the end goal is “to implement a national strategy, as soon as possible, to create a standard of qualified, market-recognised domestic aircraft,” and for the CAA to “encourage domestic airlines to give priority to the purchase and use of domestic civil aircraft".

    With those kinds of backers there is more than a little reason for Boeing and Airbus to take a healthy interest in what’s going on in Shanghai, although the air giants have their own plans afoot to refresh their designs in the category the C919 will be competing in.

    The Boeing 737 MAX could be ready by 2017 while the Airbus A320neo is scheduled for delivery two years before that.

    With combined orders for the well-established duo already close to 2,000, there’s no doubt enough interest from the international airline community to keep Boeing and Airbus happy for now.

    It is in fact internationally where China’s plans may start to unravel, despite Li’s stated aim to “actively strengthen communication and cooperation with the United States, Europe and other countries, and promote China-made large aircraft”.

    To the fore, as always, are safety concerns.

    Aviation Week reported late last year that Comac’s ARJ21 regional jet had hit delays in its bid to attain the FAA safety certificate vital to international sales prospects, something which may have a knock-on effect with its younger brother the C919.

    Rightly or wrongly, the fatal high-speed train crash in China last July will also be front of mind in any discussion about the country's bold ambitions in the air.

    Many commentators have claimed that the government tried to cover up safety failings with the trains which led ultimately to the death of 40 passengers. ®
     
  5. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Nice, so China will finally be able to mass produce engines in 2020. Good for France to get that $10 billion JV deal. Many more to come for us and Russia.
     
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    glad to see French making money in China. Arman2REP. do you mind buy a ticket for C919 in the furthure? 168-190 seat narrow-body airline.
    Most of engineers make money $500-1500$ per month.
     
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    One minute this guy is an indian, another minute he acts like a french. He has an identity crisis. CFM international is american, not french, in its essence.
     
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    This guy is James Bond 007 for sure but donno from which country:lol:
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    CFM is a 50-50 JV between GE and Snecma = French.
     

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