Cessna has firmed up its plans to build business jets in China by sealing a joint venture with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd. (Caiga) to assemble and sell Citation XLS+ models for the Chinese market.
Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) is working on a “China New Generation Business Jet” (CNGBJ), the company revealed today at Airshow China 2012. A scale model of this new design is on display at the manufacturer’s exhibit booth at the six-day airshow, which opened today at the airport of Zhuhai, Guangdong province in Southern China.
Boeing has agreed to help Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) to expand the state-owned company’s ability to supply interiors commodities such as passenger seats, galleys, lavatories and in-flight entertainment systems for commercial airplanes.
Bombardier now sees China as second only to North America in terms of anticipated regional airliner sales. Andy Solem, the Canadian airframer’s vice president for China and North Asia, told a November 13 press conference at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai that it sees demand for as many as 2,200 single-aisle airliners [100 to 149 seats] in the Chinese market over the next 20 years.
China’s Comac group has admitted it could take another “one or two years” complete certification of the already-delayed ARJ21 regional airliner.
Pan-Asian business aviation consulting group Asian Sky Group and Avic International Aero-Development (Avic ADE) announced an agreement yesterday to source pre-owned fixed- and rotary-wing business aircraft from “key” global markets for resale into China to meet growing demand. The agreement also covers the resale of Mainland Chinese-owned aircraft into the global market.
Chinese domestic production of civil helicopters is set to grow, but not as quickly as the country’s authorities predict, according to a local market analyst. Matthieu Devoisselle, co-founder of Avia-Tek, a Shanghai-based aerospace consultancy firm specializing in emerging countries, regards government forecasts as unrealistic. But Chinese manufacturer Avicopter does have reason to be optimistic, he adds.
Cessna Aircraft has appointed Bill Schultz, the current president of subsidiary CitationAir, as its new senior vice president of business development for China, effective July 1.
The Avicopter AC311 light single-engine utility helicopter had its type certification “recommended” under China’s approval procedures last month. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) type certification examination committee recommended issuance of the type certificate in a meeting held on May 4 in Beijing.
For the uninitiated, China can be a scary place to consider establishing a manufacturing operation. Tales abound of product designs being copied, many well documented and ranging from high-end golf clubs to industrial fittings, movies, books and even electronic components.