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    [EN] Airbus inaugurates A330 completion, delivery center in China



    Airbus has set a target for the industrial cooperation figure to reach 1 billion U.S. dollars per year by 2020

    Xinhua
    2017-09-20

    Airbus Wednesday inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Center (CDC) in Tianjin, north China, marking the first such center for its wide-body aircraft outside Europe.

    As a global aeronautics leader, Airbus is taking further steps to expand its global footprint and strategic partnership with China, the company said.

    "The inauguration of our A330 CDC in Tianjin, together with the first of many deliveries, marks a milestone for Airbus' international footprint and underlines the strong spirit of cooperation with our Chinese partners," said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus COO and president of Commercial Aircraft.

    "Completing wide-body aircraft in China is an Airbus, and an industry, first which demonstrates our mutual commitment to a strong and growing Chinese aviation sector," Bregier said.

    Airbus Wednesday also delivered its first A330 jointly completed by European and Chinese staff to Tianjin Airlines. This aircraft was completed in Toulouse, France.

    It is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, with a two-class configuration of 260 seats in total.

    The A330 CDC will employ more than 250 people and will be able to deliver two aircraft per month by early 2019, according to Airbus.

    The center is located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and Airbus Tianjin Delivery Center, which were established in 2008.

    About 150 Chinese staff have been trained by Airbus in Toulouse to work at the CDC.

    The center will complete tasks such as cabin installation, aircraft painting and production flight testing, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery, according to Airbus.

    The center is composed of a paint shop, weighing hangar and main hangar with three aircraft positions.

    "Compared to single-aisle aircraft, the cabin installation of the A330 is more complicated, which means we are conducting complex manufacturing and integration tasks in China," said Francois Mery, COO of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China.

    In July 2015, Airbus and its Chinese partners, Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd. and state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China, signed a framework agreement to set up the center in Tianjin.

    Construction began on March, 2, 2016, with a total investment of around 200 million U.S. dollars, according to Airbus.

    China introduced its first Airbus aircraft in 1985. Now nearly 1,500 are being operated by Chinese airlines, accounting for around half of the total fleet of aircraft over 100 seats in the country.

    Along with the continuous growth of its fleet in China, Airbus is expanding its industrial footprint in the country. It has five joint ventures with Chinese partners in training and support, engineering, final assembly and composite manufacturing.

    As of Sept. 6, some 335 A320 family aircraft had been assembled in and delivered from Tianjin.

    In 2015, the total value of industrial cooperation between Airbus and the Chinese aviation industry reached 500 million U.S. dollars.

    "We will continue our partnership with one of world's largest aviation markets. Airbus has set a target for the industrial cooperation figure to reach 1 billion U.S. dollars per year by 2020," said Mery.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136624330.htm

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    Rolls Royce expects China to begin engine manufacturing for jumbo jets


    The first C919 passenger jet made by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Nov. 2, 2015


    Nyshka Chandran | Nancy Hungerford
    18 Sept 2017

    The world's second-largest economy will likely start manufacturing engines for jumbo jets soon, according to Rolls-Royce, a long-time engine manufacturer for commercial and defense aerospace.

    "In the long-run, it's very possible and plausible that China and other countries will be looking to develop wide-body engines," said Rolls Royce Chairman Ian Davis at the Singapore Summit over the weekend. "It makes sense for industrialized countries to start doing so and we assume at some stage of the future that they will come in."

    The Shanghai-based Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or COMAC, has already begun the development of a narrow-body engine.

    "It's a big growth market and I think the key, as always, is to make sure you've got competitive products that really offer something to customers," said Davis.

    In addition to aerospace, Rolls Royce's other business segments include industrial products for the marine, nuclear and power sectors.

    Davis said he continued to expect strong growth from the Middle East.

    That market "is driven by aggressive strategies to attract traffic and ambitions to build a real hub in the region, not oil prices," he explained.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/roll...re-summit.html

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    The numbers behind China's massive aviation market


    With 168 seats, the C919 is expected to go up against the Airbus's A320 and Boeing's 737-800

    China's first large jetliner took its maiden flight on Friday, performing a series of test maneuvers in hazy skies near Shanghai.

    Sherisse Pham
    May 5, 2017

    The successful first flight is a huge deal for China, and an indication that Boeing and Airbus will eventually face a new competitor in a key aviation market.

    Here's a look at China's aviation market by the numbers:

    487 million: That's the number of domestic and international journeys made last year in China, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

    Even more impressive is how quickly the market is growing. The number of trips made last year increased by 12% over 2015, according to CAAC.

    The surge in air travel has been fueled in large part by middle class Chinese who are spending billions on domestic and foreign vacations.

    With a population of 1.4 billion, the trips add up: Analysts predict that China will surpass the U.S. as the world's largest commercial aviation market by 2030.

    5,100: Boeing estimates that the country will need a trillion dollars worth of new airplanes over the next two decades, including more than 5,100 of the same size as the C919.

    Most of that money would have been destined for bank accounts at Boeing and Airbus if not for the C919. Now, there's a new competitor on the block.

    With 168 seats, the C919 is expected to go up against the Airbus's A320 and Boeing's 737-800.

    55: That's the number of Chinese airlines currently in operation.

    Domestic airlines expected to be major buyers of the C919. So far, demand for the jet has remained local: orders are almost entirely from Chinese carriers for domestic flying.

    The jet is one of the final pieces of an aviation ecosystem that has been in development for decades in China.

    The company that developed the C919, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), is owned by the state. Most domestic airlines are also backed by the government.

    China Eastern Airlines will be the first carrier to operate the C919 when it completes testing and secures approval from China's aviation regulator.

    Eight: China has now joined the small group of nations that have developed large airliners: the U.S., Russia, Brazil, Canada, the U.K., France and Germany.

    The C919 still faces months or years of grueling certification tests, and meeting safety standards might require design changes.

    But the maiden flight is a milestone: While China is already an adept designer of military aircraft, it has struggled to catch up to Boeing and Airbus in manufacturing civilian airliners.

    1/3: China's aviation market still has a ways to go.

    One third of all flights in the country were delayed in 2015, according to the International Air Transport Association.

    The statistic is a good reminder that developing an aviation industry takes many decades.

    It's also an industry where results matter: Comac will need to win the trust of airlines in China and elsewhere by proving the jet can operate efficiently and reliably on scheduled flights.

    -- Jon Ostrower contributed to this report.

    http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/05/inve...919/index.html

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    Boeing’s Chinese Rival Sets Second Test Flight of Commercial Jet

    Paul Ausick
    September 19, 2017

    Last May, China’s first manufacturer of a commercial jet, Comac, conducted its first flight test of its competitor to Boeing Co.’s (NYSE: BA) single-aisle 737 and the Airbus A320. The company now says the second test flight will occur in October. That gap is many times longer than the typical gap between test flights.

    According to a report in Aviation Week, Comac’s chief designer said that none of the issues that have caused the delay were the company’s fault, but he did not elaborate.

    A second prototype of the plane, designated as the C919, is also being built and is tentatively scheduled to make its first test flight before the end of the year.

    The C919 program was launched in 2008 with a goal of first delivery to a customer set for 2016. A new target delivery date of 2020 is considered likely, but Comac has not confirmed that date.

    Aviation Week noted that the five-month delay between test flights of the C919 is “extraordinary,” citing Mitsubishi’s MRJ regional jet’s eight-day interval between a first and second test flight and a five-day interval for the Airbus A350. Comac’s five-month delay jeopardizes a first delivery date of 2020, according to the report.

    Earlier this month People’s Daily reported that China is also developing its own engine to replace the CFM Leap-1C engines built by CFM, a 50/50 joint venture between General Electric and French engine maker Safran. No in-service date was given in the announcement.

    Comac is building six prototypes of the C919 and plans to use three for flight testing and three to verify avionics and lighting.

    http://247wallst.com/aerospace-defen...ommercial-jet/

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    In threat to Boeing and GE, C-919 jet will use Chinese engines


    The CJ-1000. designed for C919, is expected to power either Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 or a similar newly built aircraft in the world market by 2025

    People's Daily Online
    September 11, 2017

    China's domestically developed jumbo jet C919 is expected to be equipped with homemade engines that feature light metal material, a Chinese expert said on Saturday.

    Domestically made Changjiang-1000 engine (CJ-1000) that may be used to power the C919 is under development and will replace imported foreign engines in future on the jet, according to Cao Chunxiao, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a researcher with Aero Engine Corporation of China Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, said on Saturday.

    Nearly 23 percent of the CJ-1000 engine will probably be titanium alloy, which has higher density than iron and will help reduce the weight of the jet, Cao said during the 2017 China's Top 500 Enterprises Summit Forum on Saturday in Jiangxi, thepaper.cn reported.

    The C919 made a successful maiden flight on May 5 this year. It was powered by LEAP-1C engine developed by CFM International, a 50-50 joint venture between France's Safran Aircraft Engines and GE of the US.

    "It's quite competitive to have 23 percent titanium alloy on the CJ-1000. The mainstream civil engines in the world contain similar quantity of light materials," Wang Yanan, chief editor of the Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times on Sunday.

    The homemade engine is expected to make breakthroughs in its main parts - turbine, fan and blades, Wang added.

    "The first CJ-1000 engine is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and a series of intensive tests are planned when it is mounted on an airplane," Feng Jinzhang, general manager at AECC Commercial Aircraft Engines Co, said at a forum on August 26.

    "The CJ-1000 is not just a homemade product. If the CJ -1000 engine is tested successfully and is able to power aircraft, it will mark the evolution of China's aerospace industry from manufacturing mature military products to delivering civil products," Wang said.

    "China owns very competitive aircraft engine manufacturing technology but it is mainly used in military," he explained.

    Feng said that the C919 with homemade CJ-1000A engine will finish its assembly within this year, and the wide-body passenger jet C929 with the engine CJ-2000 is undergoing testing.

    The market of engines for commercial aircraft is promising, which Feng estimated in the next two decades to hit 80,000 worldwide, with the market value reaching $1 trillion.

    The CJ-1000 is designed for C919, but is expected to power either Boeing 737 or Airbus 320 or a similar newly built aircraft in the world market by 2025, Wang said.

    The engines, as one of high-end products in aviation industry, will then become a pioneer of China's overall manufacturing industry, he added.

    http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0911/c90000-9267207.html
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    Orders for China's C919 jumbo jet reach 600

    Xinhua
    2017-06-13

    Orders for China's first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, reached 600 aircraft on Tuesday as a new customer signed to book 30 of the jets.

    The China Everbright Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. on Tuesday placed the order with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the Shanghai-based manufacturer of the C919.

    Zhang Jinliang, president of China Everbright Bank, which has a 90-percent stake in Everbright Financial Leasing, said the bank will continue cooperation with COMAC in research and development as well as marketing.

    So far, a total of 24 foreign and domestic customers, including China's national carrier Air China, have placed orders for the aircraft.

    C919 completed its maiden test flight in May, making China the fourth jumbo jet producer after the United States, Western Europe and Russia.

    With a standard range of 4,075 kilometers, the China-made jet is comparable to updated Airbus 320 and Boeing's new generation 737 planes, signaling the country's entry into the global aviation market.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136362244.htm

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    Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission

    Song Lifang
    2017-09-20

    China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020.

    "The Mars exploration program is well underway," said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission, at the Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-space Exploration, which opened Wednesday. "The payloads will be used to collect data on the environment, morphology, surface structure and atmosphere of Mars."

    China plans to send a spacecraft to orbit, land and deploy a rover on Mars in 2020. The probe will be launched on a Long March-5 carrier rocket from the Wenchang space launch center in southern China's Hainan Province.

    The lander will separate from the orbiter at the end of a journey of around seven months and touch down in a low latitude area in the northern hemisphere of Mars where the rover will explore the surface.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136624363.htm

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    Boeing to invest $33 million in joint venture with COMAC for China plant

    Boeing's first overseas completion and delivery center outside the United States

    Brenda Goh
    September 26, 2017

    Boeing Co will invest $33 million for a majority stake in a joint venture with Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) that will oversee the U.S. planemaker’s new 737 completion plant in China, the China Daily reported.

    The firms had signed an agreement to set up the joint venture with registered capital of $55 million, the state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. Boeing would take a 60 percent share, while COMAC would invest $40 million for the remainder.

    Construction of the factory in the eastern city of Zhoushan, 287 km southeast of Shanghai, began in May. In the completion center, Boeing's 737 aircraft will be installed with flight entertainment systems and seats. The plant will also provide services such as coating, repair and maintenance of Boeing aircrafts.

    In addition to supporting Boeing, the aviation base in Zhoushan will also develop an entire industrial chain for aircraft manufacturing, with the capacity of assembling, delivering and modifying 600 aircraft a year by 2025.

    Zhoushan is an archipelago and island city in Zhejiang province, which has the largest fishery in China and boasts strong shipbuilding, tourism and service industries.

    Boeing and COMAC signed an agreement in October 2016 to set up the Zhoushan plant, which will consist of two parts: the 737 completion center, a joint venture of Boeing and COMAC, and the 737 delivery center owned by Boeing.

    Boeing had not previously disclosed how much it would invest in its first overseas completion and delivery center outside the United States. It aims to deliver 100 planes a year.

    The China Daily, citing COMAC, added that the Chinese planemaker would participate in the completion tasks with Boeing employees, but how the two sides would share the work was still unknown.

    Boeing and its European rival Airbus are expanding their footprint in China as they vie for orders in the world’s fastest growing aviation market. Airbus last week opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets in the eastern city of Tianjin.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bo...-idUSKCN1C13DA

    It's my way or the runway. A Embraer picou a mula.
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    OMC abre processo contra Bombardier

    Jamil Chade
    29 Setembro 2017

    À pedido do governo, OMC abre processo contra Bombardier

    O governo do Canadá será julgado pelos tribunais da Organização Mundial do Comércio (OMC) por conta dos subsídios que sua empresa, a Bombardier, teria recebido ao longo dos últimos dez anos. O caso foi apresentado pelo Itamaraty nesta sexta-feira, em Genebra, e ganhou o sinal verde para que uma longa disputa comercial seja uma vez mais iniciada entre os dois países.

    O principal argumento do governo brasileiro é de que, diante de um apoio do estado canadense em mais de 20 diferentes programas, a Bombardier prejudicou as exportações da Embraer. Cerca de US$ 3 bilhões teriam sido destinados para financiar uma nova linha de jatos, o C-Series.

    O governo considera que, sem essas medidas, o programa C-Series da Bombardier simplesmente não teria sobrevivido. Mais preocupante é que, como consequência dessas medidas de apoio, as condições de concorrência agora favorecem de forma injusta a Bombardier.

    Na avaliação do Itamaraty, a situação "continua a causar" e "ameaça" os interesses do Brasil na indústria aeroespacial, gerando prejuízos".

    O Brasil espera que, com esse pedido de painel, o Canadá seja obrigado a colocar suas medidas em conformidade com as obrigações na OMC.

    O Brasil estima o governo canadense apoiou de forma ilegal a Bombardier por meio de empréstimos, infusão de capital, incentivos fiscais e outras medidas. "Quando, em 2015, os custos do programa C-Series estavam escalando e a Bombardier estava em sérias dificuldades financeiras, o governo do Quebec aceitou investir US$ 2,5 bilhões na empresa", afirmou o governo, que ainda lembrou que um dia antes do início do processo de questionamento do Brasil na OMC o governo canadense voltou a declarar seu apoio à companhia.

    O Brasil considera que os apoios federal, provincial e local dos governos do Canadá causaram distorções significativas no mercado de jatos. "Graças ao enorme apoio do governo, a Bombardier vendeu centenas de jatos a preços injustos, causando sérios prejuízos ao Brasil", completou o governo.

    Na queixa, o Itamaraty acusa a Bombardier de ter se beneficiado nos últimos anos de um "arsenal" de subsídios, camuflados em isenções fiscais municipais, ajuda ambiental, incentivo a contratação de empregados, compra de ações por parte do governo e investimentos para o desenvolvimento tecnológico e de defesa nacional.

    http://economia.estadao.com.br/notic...er,70002020911




    Brazil’s Embraer backs WTO panel over Bombardier subsidy claims


    Joe Leahy
    2017-09-29

    Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer on Friday backed a decision by the World Trade Organisation to open a disputes settlement panel into allegations Canadian rival Bombardier was undercutting competition with subsidies.

    Embraer accused Bombardier of relying on more than $3bn in subsidies from the governments of Canada and Quebec. The WTO decision on Friday to open the panel into the Brazilian dispute comes as the Canadian aircraft producer is already facing US retaliatory tariffs.

    “With the approval of the application made by the Brazilian government, sums [of government money] allocated to more than 25 programmes of the [Canadian] company will be investigated,” Embraer said.

    Embraer has long accused Bombardier of relying on subsidies to compete with the Brazilian company, the world’s third-largest commercial jet producer, in the lucrative US regional jet market.

    The Brazilian government took the dispute to the WTO earlier this year, largely at Embraer’s bidding, in an attempt to protect the market share of one of Brazil’s most successful exporters of manufactured goods.

    Embraer said the decision by the US Commerce Department this week to impose a 219 per cent import duty on Bombardier’s C-Series jets helped the Brazilian jetmaker’s cause.

    “In order for the commercial jet segment to continue to be disputed by companies and not governments it is fundamental that conditions of equal competition be respected,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, chief executive of Embraer, in a statement.

    https://www.ft.com/content/1e50ad10-...c-40ffc5de020f
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