A new aircraft assembly facility was constructed in Tianjin in 18 months—a fraction of the time it would have taken in Europe or the U.S.—and built into it is ample room for expansion. This port city of 15 million people is home to an airline that operates widebody aircraft, even though Beijing’s Capital Airport is less than 100 mi. away. Welcome to China. The two main reasons for aircraft makers to source parts from China are to improve access to a thoroughly ...

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