This could well be the week that Bombardier’s CSeries makes its eagerly anticipated first flight. Speaking to AIN on the eve of last week’s Paris Air Show, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone reported that his engineers have been busily subjecting the first flight test vehicle (FTV1) to simulated flight conditions. At the same time, the company has been preparing a Global 5000 chase airplane to evaluate flight conditions on the day of the first flight, which Arcamone indicated could be achieved before the end of this month.
Bombardier now sees China as second only to North America in terms of anticipated regional airliner sales. Andy Solem, the Canadian airframer’s vice president for China and North Asia, told a November 13 press conference at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai that it sees demand for as many as 2,200 single-aisle airliners [100 to 149 seats] in the Chinese market over the next 20 years.
China has signed a fifth contract with Russia’s Rosoboronexport for the supply of Saturn AL-31FN military turbofan engines from the MMPP Salyut factory to power the Chengdu J-10 multi-role fighter, according to reports from Moscow.
More imagery has been released through the Chinese media showing the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark, a “Flanker” derivative intended for service aboard China's first aircraft carrier. The new material includes video of the fighter taking off.
Today, on the second day of the Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai, TAG Aviation’s Asia affiliate and China First Mandarin Group of Shenyang, China, announced an alliance to provide private aircraft services in the expanding China market. Here at MEBA, AIN senior editor Matt Thurber sat down with TAG Aviation CEO Robert Wells to get the details of this new joint venture.
Officials from Bombardier, China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC) and Shenyang Aircraft Corp. (SAC) hosted a ceremony today in Shenyang, China, marking the start of construction of the factory where AVIC subsidiary SAC will build the fuselage for the C Series airliner.
Given China’s standing as the world’s third largest market for commercial airplanes, it should have come as little surprise when Bombardier moved to consolidate its foothold in the People’s Republic with a proposal to collaborate on the indigenous ARJ21-900 regional jet during the 2007 Paris Air Show.
Bombardier next month plans to start more than a year of testing with the first aluminum-lithium test barrel for the C Series narrowbody that was delivered from Chinese partner Shenyang Aircraft on Monday. Now located at Bombardier’s Ville Saint-Laurent, Quebec manufacturing plant, the test barrel represents the main fuselage section of the airplane.
Ac-U-Kwik has published the guide for flight plan application and approval for China Olympic Games flights from July 1 through September 30 at http://acukwikalert.com/ industry-news/china-olympics.