Russia and China have formally begun a cooperative program to develop a widebody airliner that is expected to go into service in 2023-25. The program appears not to have entered full-scale development, however, since the Russian partner, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), says the two sides will now “define the design of the aircraft’s major subsystems, the sales strategy and the most effective forms of participation from both sides.” The Chinese partner is Comac, the state ...


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