Comac set to deliver China's first passenger jets

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the first C919's final assembly has begun for a while ...the key time nod would be the maiden flight by the end of 2015








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the iron bird test bed of C919 project.

 

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Chinese aircraft maker gets U.S. orders - Foreign Policy News

Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co. Ltd. (HAIG), a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), on Tuesday signed a contract with a U.S. airliner to sell 20 Y12 series aircraft to the firm.

The aircraft will be used for sightseeing tours and cargo transport from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. This is the first time for China to export civil aircraft to the U.S..

The HAIG, based in northeast China's Harbin, is a component supplier for world famous aviation enterprises such as Boeing and Airbus, and has independently developed a variety of aircraft, including helicopters and light regional aircraft.

The Y12 series aircraft is a light and general purpose aircraft. The high wing two-engine aircraft can be used for both passenger and cargo transportation, as well as parachute jumping and touring.

HAIG has sold 130 units of its Y12 series aircraft to more than 20 countries and regions worldwide.
 

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We have to envy the Chinese here. Their budding aerospace industry is really something which India can learn from and emulate. We donot have enough players in this domain and our Public sector orgs are way behind the curve in terms of capabilities and funds. I hope someday we have a good competition b/w India and China in this space. But yeah, chances of that happening looks bleak now.
 

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China to Export 4 Y-12 Aircraft to Russia for the First Time Ever | airlineberg.com

Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd. (HAIG), a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Cooperation of China (AVIC), signed a contract with a Russian airline to sell four Y12 aircraft after the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Zhuhai Airshow).

This is the first time for China to export civilian aircraft to Russia, a traditional large aviation market.

Previously, HAIG and Coptervision reached a purchase agreement for 20 Y-12 multi-purpose aircraft including 18 Y-12Es and 2 Y-12Fs. The 20 aircraft will be used in the sightseeing tours, as well as short-haul passenger and cargo transport.


This picture taken by Japan's Joint Staff on January 7, 2014 shows a Chinese government plane Y12, seen flying over international waters, 160kms north of disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Source: AFP

Japan fighter jets scrambled to fend off China
 

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FYI - China is also doing this create the market demand for domestic engine technology development. The Chinese civil helicopter market, for example, is what eventually nurtured enough of a domestic helicopter engine industry such that China's Z-10s have Chinese engines.
 

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Nice to see another player in the single aisle marketplace, I do like the ARJ21, looks like a modernized DC-9 much different than the 737 clones flying from other assorted manufacturers.

Good luck China!
 

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JiaoLong 600 (AG600)- the last member of The Three Musketeers of China Big Airplane Project (Y20, C919 and
AG600)-- has began the final assembly phase...



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the nose section is the first main large section to be delivered....







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the handover ceremony is on this morning...


 
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the assembly line of JiaoLong-600 (AG600) locates in the south China, and two main sections have been delivered to this new plant.
the first flight is scheduled in 2016...





 

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AVIC acquires fourth US aviation firm - IHS Jane's 360

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has completed the acquisition of US company Align Aerospace, it was announced on 10 April.

The California-based firm, which distributes components, systems and fittings primarily for the commercial aerospace sector, is AVIC's fourth acquisition in the US and its sixth internationally.

AVIC said the acquisition was administered through AVIC's international division, AVIC International Holding (which is also known under its former name, the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation - CATIC).

The Chinese state-owned corporation said AVIC International purchased Align Aerospace from its previous owner Greenbriar Equity Group for an undisclosed amount, and that the acquisition has already received regulatory approval from the US and Chinese governments.
 

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JiaoLong-600 (AG600) tail section handover ceremony...





 
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Video Clip: Chinese-designed C919 rolls off assembly line
CCTV 11-02-2015 06:28 BJT

The C919 has a designed lifespan of 90,000 flight hours or 30 calendar years. It's a medium to short-range commercial trunk-liner. China owns the independent intellectual property rights for the aircraft. The baseline version of the C919 features 168 seats with an all-economy class layout and 156 seats for its hybrid class layout. Its designed standard range is 4,075 kilometers and has an extended range 5,555 kilometers, which enables it to operate on diversified air routes. It aims to compete with Boeing and Airbus in the medium-range aircraft sector.

The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation said it has secured orders for over 500 C919 planes from 21 customers. China will become the world's largest domestic aviation market in the next decade, an Airbus forecast said. The country will need more than 5,300 new passenger aircraft and freighters between 2014 and 2033, with a total market value of $820 billion in the next 20 years, the forecast said.

 

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could Chinese commercial aviation industry replicate the success of high speed railway industry? that is the sort of thing I am hoping.

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BEST of luck :biggrin2::biggrin2::biggrin2::biggrin2:.When is the maiden flight ?Let hope it becomes a success.Any news on joint Chinese Russian wide body jet.Last time I checked first flight was expected to be in 2017.Hope India RTA also have its prototype made soon.
 

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Chengdu Airlines to Use China-Made Plane Despite no US Certification

The Comac ARJ-21 regional jet, which can seat up to 90 passengers, received the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) type certification last December and will be delivered to launch customer Chengdu Airlines shortly, said two people familiar with the plane’s programme.

The plane will fly without US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification despite a five-year effort to have the FAA endorse CAAC’s certification procedures, the people said.

An FAA type certificate would have boosted the reputation of the airplane’s developer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) and cleared the way for the plane to be sold and operated globally – though expectations for foreign sales had been low.

Without it, the aircraft can operate only in China and some Asian, African and South American countries that recognise the CAAC’s certificate.

Chengdu Airlines, a low-cost carrier, is expected to fly the plane on commercial domestic operations in the first quarter of 2016.

Comac has received nearly 350 orders for the ARJ-21, mainly from Chinese airlines and leasing firms.

Since 2010, the FAA has undertaken a shadow certification process to assess the CAAC’s ability to conduct a technical assessment of aircraft.

But tensions arose between the two regulators last year over various technical and bureaucratic issues, before the process ended in early 2015, those familiar with the programme said.

People close to Comac believe the FAA also was dragging its feet in part because of bilateral political and economic considerations.

“While the CAAC wanted to learn from the FAA, they felt the Americans were too rigid and unnecessarily delaying things. And the longer the delay, the greater the embarrassment to the Chinese,” said one of those individuals.

However, a CAAC official responsible for certification and people close to the FAA stressed that the two regulators were still working to resolve outstanding issues as a “top priority”.

In an emailed response, the FAA said the ARJ-21 was never intended to be certificated by the FAA under the shadow evaluation process, and Comac planned a derivative model of the plane to comply with FAA standards.

“The FAA enjoys a good working relationship with CAAC and we continue to work together to develop a path to work towards certification of the derivative model of the ARJ-21 and, possibly, the C919,” the FAA said referring to a narrow-body jet China is developing to compete with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 models.

Also, the FAA said it could certify an airplane after it enters service if it can be shown to comply with all relevant airworthiness and manufacturing standards.

Putting the ARJ-21 into service without FAA certification would be a setback to US and China aviation cooperation, arguably one of the outstanding achievements since the two governments re-established diplomatic relations in 1979.

Chinese airlines have bought hundreds of Boeing jets as the country’s aviation sector opened up and boomed, and Boeing plans to open a completions and delivery centre in China for its 737 aircraft, its first plant outside the US.

US aerospace firms have also invested heavily in China, and companies such as General Electric, Rockwell Collins , Honeywell and United Technologies are suppliers for the ARJ-21 and C919 jet.

“It could be seen as a loss of face for the Chinese given they deem FAA certification a key rite of passage for what will be the first domestically built jet to enter commercial service,” said Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor at Flightglobal, an industry news and data service.

Comac could eventually ask the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to certify the ARJ-21 once it has been delivered, and ask it to help with the C919 as well, the people familiar with the programme said.

“Given the effort and prestige China is pouring into the C919, getting FAA or EASA certification is a definite requirement both for the image of the programme and the ambition to garner foreign sales,” said Waldron.

“We don’t know if and when the Chinese authority will apply to us for a certification,” an EASA spokesman said.

China has been working for 40 years to produce and deliver a home-grown commercial airliner.

It first developed the Y-10, a four-engined jet, in the 1970s but never delivered it to customers. It has exported some MA-60 turboprop planes, a civil version of the license-produced Soviet-designed Antonov AN-24 military transport.

Comac plans to eventually upgrade the ARJ-21 so it’s closer in performance to regional jets made by Embraer, Mitsubishi Aircraft and Bombardier.

The current version of the ARJ-21 and the programme itself is a “learning experience,” said Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst at the Teal Group. “Any airline forced to operate this jet will be at a severe competitive disadvantage against any airline with a modern aircraft.”

That means China’s hopes may rest on the C919.

Comac aims to complete its flight test and certification programme in less than half the time it took with the ARJ-21, say those familiar with the company’s plans.

“It has engaged foreign suppliers experienced in global aircraft programmes with Airbus and Boeing much earlier, and they’re far more involved in the C919,” said one of those familiar with the programme.

“FAA or EASA certification would legitimise the programme and create interesting new opportunities for China’s aerospace sector. Such certification would be a watershed development,” added Waldron at Flightglobal.

http://www.airline.ee/chengdu-airli...china-made-plane-despite-no-us-certification/

Chengdu Airline receives ARJ21 on 29 Nov. Sun.





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China, Russia to co-develop widebody jetliner


C919 model is displayed. [Xinhua]

Russia and China are expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the joint development of a widebody jetliner before the end of the year, according to the president of Russia's United Aircraft Corp.

The agreement would specify each country's responsibilities and profits from the project, Yury Slyusar said.

"So far, the project has proceeded well, and we plan to determine the technical requirements, specifications and outsourcing methods in March."

Slyusar dismissed speculation that the new jetliner will be a rival to China's domestically developed C919, whose maiden flight is scheduled for next year.

"The new jetliner is totally different from the C919 in terms of passenger volume and flight range. The two aircraft are aimed at different markets, so they will not compete with each other," he said, adding that the new plane will be able to carry 210 to 350 passengers, depending on the seating arrangements.

Slyusar was speaking on the sidelines of Aviation Expo China 2015, which ended in Beijing on Saturday. United Aircraft Corp took part and displayed several types of civilian aircraft, including the Sukhoi Superjet 100.

Russia began floating a proposal for a jointly developed widebody jetliner in 2012, but the Chinese government and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China did not appear interested in the idea at the time, industry analysts said.

The turning point came in May last year when COMAC said it had signed a cooperation memorandum with United Aircraft Corp on the joint development of a long-range, widebody jetliner, and confirmed that preliminary research had started.

In February, Slyusar told Russia's Sputnik News Agency that the two countries would invest $13 billion in developing the plane. They had agreed that China would produce the fuselage main frame, while Russia would be responsible for the wings and tail parts.


Speaking at a news briefing in March, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the two countries would speed up development of the aircraft.

Responding to speculation that the plane would be an upgraded version of the two-decades-old Ilyushin Il-96, Slyusar told reporters at the Paris Air Show in June that it would feature a new design because it had to be developed from scratch.

Wu Peixin, an aviation industry observer in Beijing, said Russia has great experience and know-how in developing large aircraft. China has advanced technology in avionics and aviation materials, so the collaboration is likely to result in an airliner capable of breaking the Airbus-Boeing duopoly, Wu said.

According to the Aviation Industry Corp of China's outlook for civilian aircraft for the next 20 years, about 37,900 passenger aircraft will be required globally and the Chinese mainland market will acquire more than 5,500 passenger planes.
 

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Chinese aircraft maker HAIG sells planes to Russia
http://www.china.org.cn/business/2015-12/07/content_37257304.htm
Xinhua, December 7, 2015

Chinese made aircraft Y12-E as a new plane for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 3, 2014. [Xinhua]

A Chinese aircraft manufacturer, the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG), announced on Monday that it has signed a contract to sell 15 Y-12E aircraft to a Russian company, HAIG announced on Monday.

The company, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said it signed the contract with Fly AVIA FZE, which provides aviation equipment, repairs and after-sales services for the Russian market.

The aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and the contract is worth an estimated total of 550 million yuan (about 87.3 million U.S. dollars), according to the statement.

The short-haul Y-12 series aircraft are used mainly for passenger and cargo transport, geological exploration, ocean monitoring and agriculture.

It has obtained certification in more than ten countries including Russia, the United States, France and the United Kingdom.



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Looks seamless, nice finish to the product, manufacturing process has definitely improved.
 

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