A Chinese newspaper is upset with Aviation Week for publishing an independent Viewpoint that predicts Comac will stumble in its development of the C919 commercial jet.
The Global Times says the Viewpoint by Los Angeles-based consultant Stanley Chao, a specialist on doing business in China, "maliciously disparaged the future outlook for the C919."
"As we all know, the truth is that Boeing and Airbus enjoy a monopoly in the industry and do not wish to see another competitor, especially when that competitor is from China," the article continues, according to a translation. "The op-ed piece in Aviation Week is of course part of the oppressive scheme indicated above."
The article does have kind words for one Western aerospace supplier. "Based on cooperation with companies such as GE, we need to cultivate the chain of innovation, design, production and services in order to allocate resources domestically and globally," the Global Times writes. "The ultimate goal is to pave the new path for successful industrialization and offset the disruption of international monopoly."
Aviation Week often publishes different points of view and lets our readers decide whether they agree. We invite Comac or a major C919 supplier to submit a Viewpoint refuting Chao's opinions.