The big news at the 2008 Air Show China was a historic reorganization of the Chinese aeronautics industry. Avic I and Avic II, separated since 1999, were to be rejoined as Avic. Their factories would be bundled to form focused subsidiaries such as Avicopter. Earlier in the year, Comac had been split from Avic I, taking some of the industry’s prime design and manufacturing capability with it. This restructuring coincided with the Chinese government finally turning its budgetary ...

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