Embraer has delivered the first of 13 Legacy 650s to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing (MSFL). Minsheng signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the business jets last July, and this was supplemented by an additional agreement signed at the Singapore Airshow last month for three Lineage 1000s.
Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Cessna Aircraft and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) signed “two strategic agreements to jointly develop general and business aviation in the People’s Republic of China” on Friday. Together these agreements “pave the way for a range of business jets, utility single-engine turboprops and single-engine piston aircraft to be manufactured and certified in China,” Cessna said. “The details of our agreements are still under discussion,” a Cessna spokeswoman told AIN, “but aircraft to be produced in Chengdu and sold in China include the Sovereign and Latitude.”
Cessna Aircraft and the Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic) signed “two strategic agreements to jointly develop general and business aviation in the People’s Republic of China” today. In an announcement broad on concept and thin on detail, Cessna said, “The agreements together pave the way for a range of business jets, utility single-engine turboprops and single-engine piston aircraft to be manufactured and certified in China.”
Liebherr-Aerospace is to provide the landing gear and air management system for China’s Comac C919 airliner, the Franco-German equipment manufacturer announced on Wednesday. Under the contract signed at the Singapore Airshow with the Shanghai-based airframer, Liebherr’s Lindenberg, Germany, site will develop, supply and service the landing gear. For development and production, it has formed a joint venture with Avic subsidiary Landing-Gear Advanced Manufacturing Co., based in Changsha, province of Hunan.
How robust is Asia’s air transport market, given recent evidence of softening demand and financial strain in countries such as India and Malaysia? This week’s Singapore Airshow might provide some answers, with a number of new orders widely anticipated, including a likely deal for regional airliners from Indonesia carrier Garuda.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the country’s “new” home-grown heavy-lift helicopter on January 9. Built at state-owned Avic, the AC313 tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people and has a maximum ferry range of 485 nm and a service ceiling near 28,000 feet. The AC313 appears to be an outgrowth of the 14,000-pound Chinese Zhi-8. That medium helicopter is based on the 1970s-vintage Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon.
This month’s Singapore Airshow (February 14 to 19) is on track to surpass the previous 2010 event, with more than 900 exhibitors booked to participate from some 50 countries. What many observers will be keen to gauge is the extent to which the Asia-Pacific’s air transport and defense markets are holding up in the face of continued Western decline.
Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the country’s “new” homegrown heavy-lift helicopter, the AC313. It tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people and has a maximum ferry range of 560 miles and service ceiling of nearly 28,000 feet. The helicopter was built by state-owned Avic, the same company that recently made Chinese-market Sikorsky S-76 airframes under contract.
Lao Airlines, the national airline of Laos, expects to take delivery of its first Avic “Modern Ark” MA600 turboprop “sometime after February,” marking the 56-seat turboprop’s entry into revenue service outside China. The only other two existing MA600s, delivered in December 2010 and September 2011, respectively, operate in China with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (Cafuc) for training purposes.
China-based manufacturer Avic has brought its MA600 twin turboprop to Dubai Air Show and the aircraft is performing daily in the flying display, making its international airshow debut.
Two aircraft are now operating in China for training purposes and delivery of the third–the one that is performing here at the show will be to Lao Airlines. That delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.