China increasingly seems to be taking a leading role in a politically driven widebody-aircraft program defined last year as an equal partnership between Moscow and Beijing. Launch of full-scale development of the aircraft, comparable to the Airbus A330-900, has slipped by a few months. Four months ago, it was due in the last quarter of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017. Registration of a joint program company owned by China's Comac and Russia's United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) will mark ...

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