Cirrus Aircraft, a subsidiary of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co since 2011, announced that new customer aircraft deliveries for the company’s SR family of piston singles jumped to over 350 aircraft in 2017, up from 317 aircraft in 2016. Continue reading
The recent agreement signed by Russian Helicopters and China’s Avicopter to develop a heavy-lift rotorcraft bolsters the already long-standing ties between the two countries. Avicopter and its predecessors have produced rotorcraft since the late 1950s, and this cooperation with Russian know-how should make for a successful partnership. Continue reading
China’s dream of becoming a major aerospace power took a step closer to becoming reality with the long-awaited rollout of the C919. This all-new narrowbody airliner is designed to compete directly against Airbus’ A320 family and Boeing’s 737.
Led by AVIC’s COMAC subsidiary, the program is now entering the difficult phase of testing, certification and delivery. It’s true that AVIC may have gained experience through the long-delayed ARJ21 regional jet program, but even Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier have trouble keeping to aggressive schedules with all-new aircraft. Testing and certificating the C919 is going to be a long, drawn-out process, and service entry in the Chinese market is unlikely to occur until 2018 or later. Continue reading