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China To Go It Alone With Production Of Jets

Fri Sep 21, 2001 4:40 pm

BEIJING, Sept 20 (AFP) - Chinese aircraft makers announced
Thursday they planned to make the country's first modern passenger
jet in an effort to grab a stake of the growing global market for
short-haul planes.
"We are going ahead with this project on our own because China
cannot indefinitely be buying this kind of aircraft from foreign
manufacturers," Li Jilan, marketing director of Aviation Industry of
China One (AVIC I) told AFP.
"The State Council has already approved initial investment of
2.5 billion yuan (301 million dollars) for the project," she said.
The project, called the ARJ21 project, follows the failure of
earlier efforts to build a joint-venture short-haul 100-seat
aircraft with the Airbus Consortium and then with a South Korea
consortium, she said.
It also comes after AVIC I's joint venture with
McDonald-Douglas, producing the 150-seat MD-90, was discontinued
after Boeing took over the United States aircraft maker last year.
The ARJ21 project, unveiled at the Aviation Expo/China 2001 in
Beijing, will mainly carry 70 passengers, while another version will
have an extended capacity of 99 seats. Engines, avionics and other
equipment would be procured globally, she said.
Roll-out of the plane is expected in 2005 and deliveries to the
domestic market are expected to begin the following year.
The regional demand for such planes is expected to be strong in
coming years.
On Wednesday, Boeing released a report saying it expected the
market for new, primarily short-haul, commercial jets in China, Hong
Kong and Macau to be worth 144 billion dollars over the next two
Also, Chinese airplane manufacturers are exploring the
possibility of jointly building 50- and 200-seat planes to secure
part of the growing worldwide demand for such planes over the next
two decades, industry sources said.
Tracy Chen of Brazil's Embraer Aeronautics said the firm was in
talks with AVIC I and fellow Chinese conglomerate Aviation Industry
of China Two (AVIC II) to possibly set up an assembly line in
Embraer has already delivered five 50-seater aircraft to Chinese
airlines, with another 30 planes and an option for 10 more awaiting
final approval by the State Developmental Planning Agency, she
Talks are also being held with Russia's Tupolev Joint Public
Co., which signed an estimated 160 million dollar deal earlier this
month to supply Chinese airlines with five Tu-204, 200-seat
passenger jets.
A contract for 10 more Tu-204s, equipped with either Rolls-Royce
or Russian-made engines was also pending, said Andrey Mesiats of
Russia's aviation exporter firm Aviaexport.
Negotiations had also begun for China to manufacture parts for
other Tupolev aircraft under license, he added.
"China has indicated that they would like to have this kind of
joint production of civilian aircraft, but first it is important to
establish the maintenance and service centers for Tupolev aircraft,"
Mesiats said.
"Joint production will not happen in the near future and is
going to need a lot of Chinese investment," he said.
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RE: China To Go It Alone With Production Of Jets

Fri Sep 21, 2001 7:14 pm

Great news, just hope its successful, wish them luck Smile
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RE: China To Go It Alone With Production Of Jets

Fri Sep 21, 2001 7:17 pm

echo that  Smile

Hopefully it'll bring some variety to the world aeroplane market!
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RE: China To Go It Alone With Production Of Jets

Fri Sep 21, 2001 8:06 pm

Any news on the Indonesian N2315 jet? it was a 100 seater resembling the A320 but much better looking, that was one beautiful plane, will it come into being? I heard Indonesia were giving China the rights to build those and other Nusantara Industry aircraft Confused
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RE: China To Go It Alone With Production Of Jets

Fri Sep 21, 2001 10:29 pm

The indonesian plane was scrapped. I believe that the turboprop they were working on wasn't scrapped. BTW that RJ they are talking about, is it known how it wil look. For instance, has there been an artist impression.

Another point with regard to the RJ. When Fokker went banckrupt (here we go again) it was stated that the production may be shifted to China. Two months ago there was a statement that this option was stil considered. Obvious question: has this plane got anything to do with the F70/F100/F130.
I know I posted this question some 3 months ago as wel, and then got the remark this plane was to outdated compared to say the ERJ and the CRJ. In this case this wouldn't be a problem. After all, in a country were until recently the AN-2 was being produced, this plane wil be a huge step forward.
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RE: China To Go It Alone With Production Of Jets

Fri Sep 21, 2001 10:32 pm

I will be happy to see such an airliner being made, but considering so many projects were cancelled before, I am keeping my fingers crossed on this one.