China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft (ACAC) continues its march toward a 2008 introduction of the 85-seat ARJ21-700, finishing more or less on schedule some 90 percent of the aircraft’s structural design and 50 percent of its systems design by the end of last year.
Umeco Components of the UK is set to open a new logistics center in Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi province. Ulogistics (Xi’an) Trading, as the new company is known, aims to support both the domestic aerospace manufacturing industry and future enterprises established by Western companies.
In the ARJ21 Rockwell Collins has found the first regional jet application for its ProLine 21 avionics suite. Chinese airframer ACAC specifically selected the package because it wants the new model to boast flight deck commonality with larger airliners. The U.S. avionics house is now testing the kit in its ARJ21 configurations and expects to complete integration of the first version of this by year end.
China’s Avic I Commercial Aircraft Co. (ACAC) may carry out final assembly of the General Electric CF34-10A turbofan powering the ARJ21 regional jet if talks between the two companies bear fruit.
It would be the first time a Chinese manufacturer has taken on final assembly of a commercial engine designed in the West and would reflect China’s long-term intention to develop an aero-engine design and manufacturing capability.
China’s long-planned ARJ21 regional jet, which was supposed to enter commercial service in 2008, is now certain to be delayed by at least one year.
An-148–The first Ukrainian airplane built with CAD-CAM technology continues to defy the odds, and not only in a technical sense. The only aircraft built in the former Soviet Union without direct public funding, the 70-seat An-148 flew for the first time on December 17 in the midst of the Orange Revolution, raising a symbol of stability in a country rocked by political unrest.
Antonov: An-148–The only aircraft program ever launched in the former Soviet Union without direct public funding continues its march toward CIS AP-25 certification, scheduled for next April.
Montreal-based CAE will build the first full-flight simulator for the new ARJ21 regional jet being developed by China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. The first aircraft to be designed and built entirely in China, the 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet is expected to enter service in China in 2009 and later elsewhere.
ARJ21–China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft (ACAC) continues its deliberate march toward a 2009 introduction of the 90-seat ARJ21-700,
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