China’s Harbin Embraer Aircraft has delivered the last serial-production Embraer ERJ 145 ever built to Tianjin Airlines. Also the 41st ERJ 145 produced in Harbin since the first airplane rolled out of the factory in December 2003, the airplane landed at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on April 26 following a ferry flight from the site of Embraer’s 50-50 joint venture with Avic subsidiary Harbin Aircraft.
Airbus and a group of Chinese industrial partners today signed a contract to establish a joint-venture manufacturing center in Harbin, China, to build composite material parts and components for the Airbus A350XWB and A320 family.
In boxing parlance, you might say Earl Robinson can take a punch. The former Fairchild Dornier executive absorbed a series of setbacks this year in his struggle to field a new family of regional jets under the Alliance Aircraft brand name, but every time he looked beaten, Robinson’s persistence would spark yet another glimmer of hope.
According to a high-ranking official with the Hafei Aviation Industry Co., of Harbin, China, that nation expects to manufacture Eurocopter EC 120 helicopters in the near future. “It has been approved in principle to let us build a new assembly line to manufacture the EC 120 helicopter outside France,” said Qu Jingwen, general manager of Hafei Aviation Industry.
Embraer and its Chinese partners Harbin Aircraft and Hafei Aviation resumed building ERJ 145s at their plant in Harbin, China, on November 30, three days after production stopped due to a chemical spill. An explosion at a petrochemical plant in northeast China’s Jilin province, 165 miles upstream of Harbin, on November 13 killed five people and spilled 100 tons of benzene and other toxins into the Songhua River.