China, Russia Finalize Working Plan for Joint Wide-Body Passenger Aircraft Project
(Source: People's Daily Online; published Nov 03, 2016)
By Sun Wenyu
An implementation scheme for a new wide-body passenger aircraft has been authored by enterprises from both China and Russia, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (CACC). A joint venture will be established before the end of this year in Shanghai, where the aircraft will be assembled.

On June 25, CACC signed a deal with Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to develop a new wide-body aircraft. The undertaking is a major strategic cooperation project between the two countries in the high-tech industry. The aircraft will boast 280 seats, an advanced aerodynamic design and a new turbine engine. It will offer extraordinary performance that simultaneously offers a much lower operation cost than other comparable aircraft.

The plane will be developed in accordance with mainstream international aviation codes. It will likely take seven years for the plane to have its maiden flight, and another three for delivery. The wide-body aircraft project will pick experienced and competitive suppliers from around the world to join the development.

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China, Russia Team Up to Build Long-Haul Jet
(Source: Deutsche Welle German radio; posted Nov. 03, 2016)
Chinese and Russian aircraft corporations have provided more details on their plan to develop a long-haul wide-bodied jet. The move came as the two nations sought to challenge Western rivals Boeing and Airbus.

China and Russia would invest up to $20 billion (18 billion euros) in the production of a long-haul passenger jet, reports said Thursday.

The ambitious plan was first agreed between the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in June when Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing.

COMAC said in a statement Thursday that the joint venture would be set up in Shanghai later this year with the aim of developing a 280-seat wide-body plane with a range of 12,000 kilometers (7456 miles).

That would put it in direct competition with Boeing's 787 and the Airbus A350.

Synergy effects

"COMAC has outstanding technology and designs and we will not only cooperate in technology, but also in intellectual property, UAC President Yury Slyusar told China's state-run "Global Times" newspaper at the China Airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai.

COMAC said the new plane would make its first flight in seven years, with deliveries to begin three years later.

It added that it would keep the project open and select global suppliers willing to "jointly shoulder risks."

China is expected to become the world's largest aviation market. Airbus for instance estimated that the Asian giant would need nearly 6,000 new planes in the next two decades.

COMAC is also producing its own single-aisle jet, the C919 (pictured above). The corporation noted it had so far received 570 orders for the plane from 23 customers around the world.

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