Nexcelle, the joint venture between GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and Safran’s Aircelle, plans to give China manufacturing work on the CFM LEAP-1C engine nacelle that it is being developed for the C919.
The boss of AVIAGE, GE and AVIC’s global joint-venture in the avionics market, recognizes that much work needs to be done to earn the confidence and trust of aircraft-makers and other original equipment makers outside (OEMs) of China.
Russian manufacturer of aircraft powerplants United Engine Corporation (UEC) is preparing for the first flight test of its new commercial product – the PD-14 engine. This 14-ton-thrust turbofan, designed to power Russia's new MS-21 narrowbody airliner, is expected to take off on the flying laboratory in March 2015. The Ilyushin Il-76 testbed will be ready in December this year.
China’s commercial aviation market is growing so fast that the head of Boeing China predicts that deliveries in the next ten years will be about the equivalent of what it has delivered to China in the past 40 years.
China’s commercial aviation market grew last year by 12.6% to 566 billion revenue passenger kilometers, making China the second-largest commercial aviation market in the world. And it is set to average 7.6% growth over the next 20 years.
Guiyang-based China Express, one of the country’s few privately-owned domestic regional carriers, has placed an order for 16 additional Bombardier CRJ900s, making it the largest Bombardier operator in China.
Airbus Helicopters, which has strong links with China’s state-owned aerospace conglomerate Avic, appears to be one of the main beneficiaries of the opening up of China’s low-altitude airspace to general aviation.
Austria-based FACC is delivering its first composite parts for Comac's C919 airliner. This is another important step in expanding FACCs market presence in China as the company is majority owned by Avic’s Xi'an Aircraft Industries Group (XAC) since 2009.
Aviation Week readers have been given an exclusive first look at the formation flight of the NEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet, filmed and photographed by two chase planes.