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Russian-Chinese widebody passenger airliner project officially launched

Apr 12,2017

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by Russian Aviation Insider in Aerospace, Air
, Russia, Trending

The joint venture will be headquartered in Shanghai Free-Trade Zone (Marina Lystseva)

A joint venture between Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (Comac) and Russias United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) to develop a long-haul widebody aircraft (provisionally designated Comac C929) has been registered in China, as follows from UACs annual report. The establishment of the venture marks the official start of the project.

Known as China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation, the joint ventures scope includes the development, production, marketing, and aftersales support of a long-range widebody aircraft. The UAC and Comac have equal shares in the project.

The project, which originally called for launching the JV at the end of 2016, has been leaning more toward the Chinese side, as both its headquarters and the projected final assembly line will be established in China. Additionally, the JV will be headed by Guo Bozhi, general manager of Comacs widebody arm. The primary Russian representative on the project, UACs Sergey Fominykh, will serve as a member of the board of directors.

The aircraft to be developed is expected to find the greater share of customers on the Chinese market. Later this year, General Electric and Rolls-Royce are expected to contest the right to provide the aircrafts powerplant. The overall market is projected at between 800 and 1,000 aircraft, with deliveries starting in 2027.

The JV, China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corp. Ltd will establish in May, according to reliable sources. In the meantime, Jianzhong SHI, VP of COMAC, Xiufeng YIN, VP of China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corp and Kai LI, Engineering VP of LRWBCA program will all attend Civil Aircraft Industry International Forum 2017 on May 10th - 11th, in Shanghai.

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