China’s new single-aisle aircraft, the Comac C919, has amassed its first 100 orders and a heavyweight team of international suppliers as it heads for a scheduled first flight just three years from now and service entry in 2016. Only a scale model is on show here at Le Bourget this week, but the program represents nothing less than China’s first serious bid to hit the international air transport big time.
Aviation Industry Corporation of China
China had a substantial presence at Heli-Expo 2011 in the form of French event organizer BCI Aerospace, which is the lead in putting together the China Helicopter Exposition, to be held September 15 to 18 in Tianjin.
The China Helicopter Exposition is gaining momentum for its inaugural event, September 15 to 18 this year in the coastal city of Tianjin.
Event organizer BCI Aerospace (Booth No. 503) of France is the lead in putting the event together, along with partners China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC), AVIC subsidiary Avicopter, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Tianjin government.
Erickson Air-Crane (Booth No. 459) and a consortium of Chinese aviation companies have signed a deal for up to five S-64F Air-Cranes. The companies signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) yesterday at Heli-Expo 2011.
China is launching its own helicopter show. The China Helicopter Exposition 2011 (Booth No. 503) will be held September 15 to 18 in Tianjin and is sponsored by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and its Avicopter division. Currently China has a population of 1.4 billion but has only 200 civil helicopters.
The SJ30 twinjet saga has taken another interesting twist in the wake of last year’s bankruptcy filing of the aircraft program’s current owner, Emivest Aerospace. The parent company of one of the SJ30’s airframe parts suppliers, Metalcraft Technologies of Cedar City, Utah, has emerged as a “stalking horse” bidder for Emivest’s assets and has submitted a purchase agreement to buy the manufacturer for $7.625 million.
Emivest Aerospace has had its court-administered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection extended through midsummer while it tries to complete the sale of the companyπs assets to an entity owned by the Chinese government. Attorneys for the maker of the SJ30 light jet successfully petitioned the U.S.
Protectionists have sounded the familiar alarms over GE’s joint venture with China’s Avic, formalized during January’s state visit to Washington by Chinese president Hu Jintao. The venture, an equal partnership between GE Aviation and Avic, will involve the development and marketing of integrated, open-architecture aviation electronic systems to the global commercial aerospace industry for new aircraft programs, according to GE.
Last November’s Airshow China in Zhuhai proved both illuminating and encouraging to those who eagerly anticipate the long-awaited emergence of business and general aviation in the People’s Republic. Because, despite all the fuss about China’s potential, the hard data paints the real picture of a sector of aviation that has just barely begun to taxi from the stand.
China’s new ARJ21-700 regional jet appears on track to meet a revised timeline to achieve certification and first deliveries by year-end, according to the latest reports from its manufacturer. If the state-controlled airframer achieves that goal, it will happen barely a year after the 90-seater made its public debut at last November’s Airshow China in Zhuhai.