Developing a big airlifter in nine years would not be a bad performance for an experienced manufacturer of jet transports. For Avic, which has begun deliveries of the Y-20 Kunpeng, turning out the 200-metric-ton (440,000 lb.) aircraft in that time looks like quite an achievement. The program has laid a foundation for future large-aircraft programs, say state media, which also report that another, bigger airlifter is planned. Avic was already known to have proposed a smaller airlifter, the ...


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