If the Comac ARJ21 was a genuinely commercial program, the manufacturer would by now be saying it had done its best but, as everyone had always known, developing a jet airliner without experience was tough. Things had not worked out too well. It was time to move on. But that is not how China works. Instead, Comac is gearing up for volume production. Although Chinese airlines cannot be keen to operate the regional jet, Comac must know that the government will tell them to take it away. Just ...

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