Comac set to deliver China's first passenger jets

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US challenges China's tax exemptions for aircraft at WTO
December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday launched a challenge to Chinese tax exemptions for some locally produced aircraft, saying they discriminated against imported products.

The request for consultations with China at the World Trade Organization over a value-added tax of 17 per cent on imported planes is the first step in a process that could lead to trade sanctions.

The US Trade Representative said the tax was generally imposed on planes under 25 metric tonnes coming from overseas, while locally made planes such as state planemaker Commercial Aircraft Corp of China's (COMAC) ARJ21 jet were exempt.

"China's discriminatory, unfair tax policy is harmful to American workers and American businesses of all sizes in the critical aviation industry, from parts suppliers to manufacturers of small and medium-sized aircraft," US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement.

China had also failed to publish the tax exemptions, in an apparent breach of WTOtransparency commitments, USTR said.

China is keen to develop a successful commercial aircraft to rival those of Boeing and Airbus. The ARJ21, China's first locally built regional jet, is designed to compete against Brazil's Embraer SA and Canada's Bombardier Inc.

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China looks to Israel to get its civil aviation industry off the ground
Chinese sign deal with IAI to build development center in Shantou in effort to expand local aircraft manufacturing

Just a few days after the Technion broke ground on a research center in Guangdong, a second Israeli institution — Israel Aerospace Industries — announced that it, too, was establishing one in the southeastern Chinese province.

The agreement signed on Tuesday in China between IAI with the Shantou Municipal Government of China, the Guangdong Airport Authority and other Chinese partners will help, Chinese officials hope, turn the region into a center of development for China’s aviation industry.

While China has excelled in manufacturing in general, to the extent that it has long been called “the world’s factory,” the Chinese have had less success in building a civil aviation industry — the crown jewel of manufacturing, worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

While Chinese-made products dominate electronics, apparel, plastics, and many other fields, the country has done far less well in manufacturing planes for civilian use, whether in China or abroad. In 2014 alone, for example, China imported over $100 billion in planes and parts from the US, but managed to export only $3 billion worth of Chinese-made products abroad.

It’s a problem the Chinese see as an acute one for future economic growth. Already the world’s second largest market for civil aviation, domestic carriers in China are expected to increase their number of passengers by 7% annually over the next two decades, according to US government forecasts. Between 2013 and 2015, construction began on over 100 new airports in the country, and with those new airports comes a need for new planes to carry passengers between them.

By 2020, China’s top three airlines — Air China, China Southern and China Eastern — already among the top 10 carriers worldwide – expect to nearly double their fleet, and according to aircraft manufacturer Boeing, the country will spend nearly $800 billion on new aircraft in the next 20 years. As of now, almost all of that will be imported from Boeing or Airbus, the world’s biggest aircraft makers.

As to why the Chinese have not been able to make a go of it in aircraft manufacturing, there are a number of theories. A study by the RAND Corporation, for example, attributes it to a lack of skills in aerospace technology, such as avionics and engine design. China has tried various programs – educational and incentive-based – to get workers to train in these fields, but it seems that just as a group of engineers masters the technology, things in the field change, so China is always technologically a generation or two behind – meaning that it can’t compete in the world market, or event in its own market.

Can a deal with IAI – one of the world’s most advanced companies in avionics and engine design — help change that? The Chinese certainly hope so. As part of the deal, IAI will evaluate and provide recommendations to the local government of Shantou on how to develop local industries in parts production, aero-assembly lines and aviation technical education. In addition, IAI will build a professional training facility and civil aviation development center in Shantou.

The agreement was signed by Science Minister Ofir Akunis and IAI officials on behalf of Israel. Also in attendance were former president Shimon Peres, former Science Minister Yaakov Perry, Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav and Technion President Peretz Lavie. Chinese signatories and attendees included Guangdong Province Governor Zhu Xiaodan, Shantou Mayor Zheng Renhao and Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong business investor and one of China’s richest men.

The deal is Li Ka Shing’s second major involvement with Israeli tech in under a week. Last week, he attended the cornerstone laying of the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology (TGIT), a technology university that will be operated jointly by the Technion and Shantou University. Li Ka Shing gave $130 million to the Technion to build the research center in China.

TGIT will begin offering undergraduate programs in civil and environmental engineering and computer sciences in the academic year beginning in November. Next year, the new joint project will conduct life sciences research using big data analysis to tackle medical and social issues, including improvements in clinical diagnosis procedures. By 2020, the institute will offer courses in other engineering-related fields, from mechanical to aerospace engineering.

Commenting on that deal, Lavie described the partnership as a major breakthrough and an opportunity to strengthen ties between Israel and China.

“When you combine the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Israel with the unbelievable scale of China, you have a great partnership,” he said.

The IAI deal, too, is a source of high hopes, not just for China, but for Israel as well – giving the company a huge market that it can develop and manufacture for, said Gadi Cohen, head of IAI’s Civil Aviation Group, who led the initiative with the Chinese partners.

“The cooperation agreement with the City of Shantou is part of IAI’s strategy to locate additional civil aviation growth drivers worldwide and particularly in China,” he said. “We are confident that these and other initiatives will open new business opportunities for us and our Chinese partners.”
 
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US challenges China's tax exemptions for aircraft at WTO
December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday launched a challenge to Chinese tax exemptions for some locally produced aircraft, saying they discriminated against imported products.

The request for consultations with China at the World Trade Organization over a value-added tax of 17 per cent on imported planes is the first step in a process that could lead to trade sanctions.

The US Trade Representative said the tax was generally imposed on planes under 25 metric tonnes coming from overseas, while locally made planes such as state planemaker Commercial Aircraft Corp of China's (COMAC) ARJ21 jet were exempt.

"China's discriminatory, unfair tax policy is harmful to American workers and American businesses of all sizes in the critical aviation industry, from parts suppliers to manufacturers of small and medium-sized aircraft," US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement.

China had also failed to publish the tax exemptions, in an apparent breach of WTOtransparency commitments, USTR said.

China is keen to develop a successful commercial aircraft to rival those of Boeing and Airbus. The ARJ21, China's first locally built regional jet, is designed to compete against Brazil's Embraer SA and Canada's Bombardier Inc.

http://m.economictimes.com/news/int...-for-aircraft-at-wto/articleshow/50096572.cms

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:lol: LOL, US always have some stupid arguments.
Who gave them license to question any other country's for their companies.
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Honeywell Eyes $15 billion Opportunity on Comac’s C919
by Peter Shaw-Smith
- February 15, 2016, 11:30 AM


Though China’s C919 has had its peaks and valleys, Honeywell president for Aerospace Asia Pacific Briand Greer remains bullish on opportunities for long-term value in its involvement in both.

Honeywell’s partnership with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) C919 program represents a $15 billion opportunity for the U.S. company, its top regional aerospace official told AIN in the run-up to the Singapore Airshow.

“It’s going to be a great aircraft. If you read deeper into the aircraft, it will be very competitive with the aircraft that are flying right now,” said Briand Greer, president, Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific. “It’s not old, but current, technology.”

Comac’s efforts to develop a domestic aircraft to take on the market’s dominant narrow-body players, the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320, have faced repeated setbacks. Despite delays, the arrival in November of a prototype represented new progress.

Honeywell joined the project in 2010, when Comac invited it to provide four essential components, “including flight control systems, wheels and brakes, auxiliary power units, and navigation systems,” the company said.

Honeywell also offered engineering and training support to Comac to improve the safety, reliability and operational efficiency of the C919. “It’s the first big thing they have done where they are aiming to be Western-certified,” he said.

Greer conceded estimates for the C919’s entry into widespread service in 2018-20 were optimistic, saying it was probably more realistic to look at 2025-30.

“They have 400 orders for the aircraft right now, mostly within China. If you look at what’s going to happen in terms of China’s airports overall, demand for single-aisle [aircraft] is quite remarkable. In the last 10 years, the number of aircraft in Asia grew from 3,000 to 6,000. In the next 10 years, it will see 7,000 more.”

The Civil Aviation Administration of China plans to help domestic and foreign airlines open more than 200 international routes in 2016. Last year, Chinese travelers took 120 million international trips, a year-on-year increase of 16 percent.


ARJ21 Delays

Honeywell is also a key contributor to another delayed Chinese aircraft program, the ARJ21, a regional twin-turbofan, which saw the first aircraft delivered to launch customer, Chengdu Airlines, also in November.

Honeywell helped develop, produce and support the primary flight control system for the aircraft. The airline hopes to put the ARJ21-700 into commercial operation in early 2016 on routes from Chengdu to Beijing and Shanghai. Honeywell said Comac had already received more than 300 domestic orders for the aircraft.

Airport development is also an important sphere for Honeywell. In 2016, Greer said China is spending $11.7 billion on airports and civil infrastructure.

This year, it plans to open 10 new airports, including a second in Beijing, and to upgrade 50 more. In the next five years, China will build 66 new civil airports, increasing the total number 32 percent to 272.

Defense

Greer said that defense is also an important area for the company in the Asia Pacific region. Honeywell supports defense platforms including the C130 transport, F-15 fighter and CH47 Chinook helicopter.

“Many of the defense budgets throughout Asia [other than China which is fast-growing but inaccessible for U.S.companies] are growing. The countries here realize that their economic future is tied to China. From a military perspective, new aircraft or upgrades are a huge opportunity for us.”

Honeywell’s latest Global Business Aviation Outlook gave a bleak assessment of the BRIC market, saying: “Slight improvements in Chinese and Russian purchase plans compared with last year are not enough to support an improved overall BRIC outlook.”

Greer prefers to play down the short-term malaise. “This will be the fastest-growing market for business and general aviation for many years to come. All of the things in the West we have known for a long time have simply not existed here.”

Data-driven Future

Aircraft flight efficiency and optimization is an important area for Honeywell also. An aircraft generates 1terabyte of data on a single flight, which can be used to optimize flights and send information to the MRO base waiting to service the aircraft.

“All of this information around productivity between systems will rewrite the book on being proactive with prognostics,” Greer said.

He added that 10 percent of Honeywell’s 12,000 China-based employees work in aerospace. He is based in China and said he spends “50-60 percent” of his time there.

In terms of technology, recent data show that more than 4,000 companies are incorporated in China every day. “That shows you again [China’s growth] from a scale perspective,” said Greer.

“My personal view is that China is not a house of cards. They have some difficult things to deal with in terms of government investment, manufacturing and consumption. Sure, that’s a very difficult thing for economies to do. If anyone can do it, it’s China. Like it or not, the government has the ability to turn the ship very quickly,” said Greer.

He said all the most important businesses were part of the [ruling Communist] party, meaning things could be done more quickly than anywhere else in the world. “Growth may be ‘only’ 7 percent or 6 percent, but it is still the second-largest economy in the world–it grew more in one year than entire size of the Mexican economy. Though growth is down, it is still very significant in many areas. We still see very robust aviation demand growth.”
 
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May be slightly delayed but next decade will proved to be great for China's Domestic Aircraft Industry.

I'm concerned Indian One. They took 16 years to make first aircraft and then, scrapped the project after 85% work was done and prototype could be integrated to full version to undergo production in sometime.

They are aiming for RTA-70 and 90
(Comparable to Xian PTMA-600) in next 5-6 years.
As they have made an aircraft before, let's see what happens.
They get this chance or private players pull the project on their side.
Our Domestic Aircraft Industry could go healthy only after 2027-28 if watching current scenario.
 

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May be slightly delayed but next decade will proved to be great for China's Domestic Aircraft Industry.

I'm concerned Indian One. They took 16 years to make first aircraft and then, scrapped the project after 85% work was done and prototype could be integrated to full version to undergo production in sometime.

They are aiming for RTA-70 and 90
(Comparable to Xian PTMA-600) in next 5-6 years.
As they have made an aircraft before, let's see what happens.
They get this chance or private players pull the project on their side.
Our Domestic Aircraft Industry could go healthy only after 2027-28 if watching current scenario.
There were talks of making Super jet 100 and 130 in India ,lets hope in come true.
 

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Chinese aviation company acquires Spain's Aritex


A model of Y-20 military transporter aircraft is displayed at Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)'s booth at the Aviation Expo China 2015, in Beijing, September 16, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

04/22/2016 | 12:16pm CEST

SHANGHAI, April 22, SinoCast -- AVIC International announces that AVIC International Aero-Development Corporation and AVIC International Capital, subsidiaries, joined hands with Han's Laser Technology to complete the takeover of Aritex Cading, S.A, a Spanish autonomous assembly line provider. Delivery ceremony was held in Barcelona.

Engineering experience and core technologies Aritex owns will help China strengthen technical weakness of aircraft assembly and digitalized assembly.

Aritex is a professional company providing autonomous assembly, equipment manufacturing and integration and production construction products for aviation manufacturing field.

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China’s first domestically manufactured regional passenger jet took off from southwest China's Chengdu City this morning to Shanghai for its first commercial operation.



Seventy passengers were onboard the ARJ21-700 with Chengdu Airlines Flight EU6679 that took off at 9:25am from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Sichuan Province. It is expected to land at the Hongqiao airport around noon.

After taking a short rest, the twin-engine, 90-seat plane will fly back to Chengdu in the afternoon with passengers onboard, the airline said.

The carrier has trained 8 captains who can pilot the ARJ21 while 52 flight attendants have been trained to serve passengers on the aircraft, according to the airline.

Two ARJ21s, a plane often hailed as the “advanced regional jet for the 21st century,” have been delivered to the airline after completion of final test flights.

Apart from the Chengdu-Shanghai route, the carrier said it will deploy the plane on regional routes in western and northwestern China.

China began development of the ARJ21 in 2002.

The Shanghai-based Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China who develops the plane estimates that China’s ARJ21 will grab up to 60 percent of the domestic market for mid-size regional aircraft in the next 20 years, competing with Bombardier and Embraer.
 

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Air Canada finalizes $3.8B order for 45 Bombardier CSeries jets

Deliveries of the CS300 jets — currently the largest model of Bombardier’s new CSeries planes — will begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022.

A Bombardier CS300, currently the largest model of Bombardier’s new CSeries planes, participates in a flying display in November. (PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERS)

By The Canadian Press

Tues., June 28, 2016

MONTREAL—Air Canada has finalized a previously announced order for at least 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets, worth $3.8 billion (U.S.) at list prices.

Deliveries of the CS300 jets — currently the largest model of Bombardier’s new CSeries planes — will begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022.

Air Canada also has an option to order up to 30 additional CS300s — making the order potentially worth up to $6.3 billion, at list prices. The actual price is usually discounted but not announced.

The two Montreal-based companies announced a preliminary agreement in February as part of a series of initiatives by Bombardier, Air Canada and the Quebec and federal governments.

The province agreed last week to provide the first $500-million instalment of a $1-billion investment in the CSeries program by the end of this month and the second instalment on Sept. 1.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Ottawa is continuing to negotiate potential financial support for Bombardier, which is seeking $1 billion from the federal government.

Air Canada’s order confirmation was announced a day before Bombardier delivers the first CSeries aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines, the first carrier to operate the new generation of plane.

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China’s first domestically manufactured regional passenger jet took off from southwest China's Chengdu City this morning to Shanghai for its first commercial operation.



Seventy passengers were onboard the ARJ21-700 with Chengdu Airlines Flight EU6679 that took off at 9:25am from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Sichuan Province. It is expected to land at the Hongqiao airport around noon.

After taking a short rest, the twin-engine, 90-seat plane will fly back to Chengdu in the afternoon with passengers onboard, the airline said.

The carrier has trained 8 captains who can pilot the ARJ21 while 52 flight attendants have been trained to serve passengers on the aircraft, according to the airline.

Two ARJ21s, a plane often hailed as the “advanced regional jet for the 21st century,” have been delivered to the airline after completion of final test flights.

Apart from the Chengdu-Shanghai route, the carrier said it will deploy the plane on regional routes in western and northwestern China.

China began development of the ARJ21 in 2002.

The Shanghai-based Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China who develops the plane estimates that China’s ARJ21 will grab up to 60 percent of the domestic market for mid-size regional aircraft in the next 20 years, competing with Bombardier and Embraer.
Domestic market for this aircraft is guaranteed. Chinese government will tell Chinese airline to buy this aircraft. What will be interesting to see if this aircraft sells internationally.
 

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Bombardier posts US$371.9 million Q2 loss, but Quebec bailout on the way

MONTREAL train and plane maker Bombardier posted a second quarter net loss of C$490 million (US$371.9 million) - after last year's net profit of C$125 million - drawn on revenues of C$4.3 billion, down 6.7 per cent year on year.

But on June 30, the Quebec provincial government in return for a 49.5 per cent stake in C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) came up with a C$1 billion.

"We received the first C$500 million instalment and the second C$500 million instalment is expected on September 1," said president and CEO Alain Bellemare.

"We continue to make very good progress executing our turnaround plan," he said.

"We delivered on our financial commitments, achieved our programme milestones and positioned Bombardier to meet both our full year guidance and 2020 goals."

"Having firmly placed Bombardier on a path to profitable earnings growth and cash generation, we remain focused on delivering customer and shareholder value by improving productivity, executing flawlessly on our programmes and applying a disciplined and proactive approach to our portfolio," said Mr Bellemare.

"These results place Bombardier on track to meet its full year guidance of revenues between C$16.5 billion and C$17.5 billion, EBIT [earnings before interest and taxes] between C$200 million and C$400 million, and free cash flow usage between C$1 billion and $1.3 billion," said a company statement.

In the first half of 2016, Bombardier delivered 73 aircraft and achieved a book-to-bill ratio of 1.0 validating the strategic decisions we took in 2015 to re-align aircraft supply to market demand, said the company.

"We also realised an improved EBIT margin before special items of 6.7 per cent in what continued to be a challenging market environment.

"As outlined in our latest 10-year forecast, we remain confident in the significant long-term growth potential of the industry primarily driven by wealth creation, globalisation of trade and replacement demand," said the company.

"The C Series aircraft programme is transitioning from the development phase to the revenue-generating phase, a historic milestone as we bring to market the first clean-sheet designed narrow-body aircraft in nearly 30 years," said the statement.

"On June 29, 2016, we delivered the first CS100 aircraft to launch operator Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). The aircraft achieved successful entry-into-service on July 15, 2016 with its maiden commercial flight taking passengers from Zurich to Paris," it said.

"Recent significant orders totalling 127 firm orders and 80 options from Delta, Air Canada and airBaltic solidified the C Series aircraft programme in the 100- to 150-seat category. These firm orders are valued at C$9.9 billion based on list prices. The programme entered into service with a firm order backlog above our target of 300 aircraft.

"In the quarter, we signed a firm order for 10 CRJ900 aircraft with an undisclosed customer. Based on list price, the firm order is valued at $472 million," said the company statement.

Bombardier states it is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. In the fiscal year ended December 31, the company posted revenues of C$18.2 billion.
 

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Very nice to see china coming to an age in aviation industries.

I think making passenger aircraft is not a big job provided you are buying engines from established players. TATA advance technologies are doing a great job in aviation industries. I expect some friendly policies from government to boost aviation sector, particularly in small aircraft sector. We can be a hub in this area like small cars and 2 wheeler.
 

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Well done.

Now, PRC should build its own SST, like these below:


Tupolev-144


Concorde
 

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Congrats China. This sector along with your space program will certainly realize your dream of becoming equal to west.
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If government makes a push now, in ten years we could see a Regional Jet in 100 seat category fly. 15 years to induction. Given the huge market wonder why government is holding back? Waiting for a production line in private sector is counter-productive and in some way 'egg-chicken' kind of situation.

Government will have to make a push and ask HAL to join hands with likes of TATA and include a risk sharing partner from abroad. We need more than one type of aircraft in development concurrently. If we delay further, we will lose more money than what we could lose if this/these development projects fail.

Indian defense forces need wide-body aircrafts for heavy cargo lifting and special forces missions and narrow-body aircrafts for special roles like Maritime patrol, AWACS, Tankers etc. Collectively, required number is beyond 150. That just for defense forces. There is huge potential in civilian sector as well.

But first complete Saras. This aircraft has huge potential. Training roles in IAF for starters. Replacing Dornier DO 228 another.
 

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Congrats China. This sector along with your space program will certainly realize your dream of becoming equal to west.
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If government makes a push now, in ten years we could see a Regional Jet in 100 seat category fly. 15 years to induction. Given the huge market wonder why government is holding back? Waiting for a production line in private sector is counter-productive and in some way 'egg-chicken' kind of situation.

Government will have to make a push and ask HAL to join hands with likes of TATA and include a risk sharing partner from abroad. We need more than one type of aircraft in development concurrently. If we delay further, we will lose more money than what we could lose if this/these development projects fail.

Indian defense forces need wide-body aircrafts for heavy cargo lifting and special forces missions and narrow-body aircrafts for special roles like Maritime patrol, AWACS, Tankers etc. Collectively, required number is beyond 150. That just for defense forces. There is huge potential in civilian sector as well.

But first complete Saras. This aircraft has huge potential. Training roles in IAF for starters. Replacing Dornier DO 228 another.
Anywhere, we look and see why we lagged behind, one reason come to fore and that is vision less leadership.
 

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I'm really happy about Comac's entry into the scene, especially with the CFM-LEAP powered C919. It will bring down prices of B737-MAX and A320neo due to competition.

Less vision for aviation.
There are plenty of fields where we did nice.
People tend to wonder why India/HAL hasn't managed to build a modern commercial jet while we've sent cryogenic rockets into space. It's because you need to build a wind-tunnel to test your design. A real, big one. Hundreds of people die when your commercial jet design is flawed.

The Indian exchequer needs to dump at least $5 billion to get a viable commercial jet programme going.
 

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China's much-delayed C919 jet may make maiden flight by end-2016

China's long-delayed C919 jet may make its maiden flight by the end of this year, state-owned planemaker Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) said on Wednesday.

"We are working hard to achieve our maiden voyage by around the end of 2016," Lu Zheng, COMAC's deputy head of marketing, said at a press conference in Beijing.

The C919 narrowbody jet is currently undergoing rigorous testing and is the first large-scale Chinese civilian plane developed in accordance with international test-flight standards, Lu said.

China is keen to establish itself as a global supplier of aircraft and it hopes the C919 will compete with Boeing Co's 737 and Airbus Group SE's A320. It also plans to produce a larger widebody plane in a joint venture with Russia.

However, it has been held back by inexperience, a shortage of local aerospace design and engineering talent, as well as a lack of home-grown companies with the technology to help drive the project, say aerospace industry sources familiar with its programmes. The challenges have led to multiple delays for the C919, as well as the ARJ-21 which made its maiden commercial flight in June. (Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Additional reporting by Adam Jourdan in Shanghai; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

http://www.reuters.com/article/china-jet-idUSL3N1BJ2EA
 

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The second ARJ21 aircraft delivered to customer
2016-09-30 11:17 CCTV Editor: Feng Shuang

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China -- a government-owned designer and constructor of large passenger aircraft -- has delivered its second jet to Chengdu Airlines in Shanghai. It's a huge step for COMAC, who is trying to ease China's dependency on international aircraft producers, and enter a stage of mass industrialization .



Delivery completed. This 78-seater aircraft -- equipped with an economy and a business class -- is COMAC's second ARJ21-700. It's expected to begin its routes soon -- the same ones as its sister jet -- which made its maiden commercial flight in late June. It has completed 70 flights, with load factors of above 90 percent. The ARJ21 is the first type of jet to be designed and constructed in China.

"The implementation of the ARJ21 has been very smooth. Both experts and passengers spoke highly of the aircraft, from the flight conditions to the service," Chengdu Airlines President Zhuang Haogang said.

There are now more than 400 orders for the ARJ21 jet. COMAC will now begin to ramp up their production and they expect, by 2020, their annual output will be at 25.

"The ARJ21 is able to operate successfully, and I believe that it will operate better and better with further improvements..." Shen Xiaoming with China Civil Aviation Administration said.

The success of the ARJ21 has been a great boost for the industry here, from research and development and marketing, to mass production and customer services.

It shows that China can not only progress its own research and design to produce regional jets, but today's students now have a great base to go even further in the industry.

Related news
90 Chinese ARJ-21 jets ordered at UK air show
http://www.ecns.cn/m/video/2016/09-30/228779.shtml
 

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Boeing's first overseas factory to land in Zhoushan
2016-10-28 20:35:01

A Boeing aircraft [Photo: people.cn]

Boeing's first overseas factory will be set up in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang province, including a completion center and a delivery center, announced by provincial authorities with Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) at Hangzhou on Friday.

The factory is expected to supply over 100 aircraft to all over the world annually.

The completion center is jointly funded by Boeing and COMAC while the delivery center is exclusively owned by Boeing.

The joint venture will install interiors like entertainment systems and seats, with coating, repair and maintaince.

Boeing 737 planes produced here will be delivered to Boeing from the delivery center
 

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