- Title: Wide-body jet model unveiled at China air show amid U.S. trade war
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 50-YEAR-OLD VISITOR, YAO LIANGSHENG, SAYING: "We still have a big gap when compared to the United States or Europe in space aviation sector or even in military. It's true, but we are growing. We can overcome (the gap) with the investment from our country and working together. The gap will be narrowed." VARIOUS OF "CLOUD SHADOW" UNMANNED AIRCRAFT ON DISPLAY
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 15:17
- Keywords: Airbus in China Chinese-Russian CR929 jet Chinese aviation market new aircraft
- Location: ZHUHAI, CHINA
- City: ZHUHAI, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA00395I8KNH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China and Russia on Tuesday (November 6) unveiled a life-size model of a proposed wide-body long-haul jet at the opening of China's largest air show, giving public shape to their joint efforts to break into a market dominated by Boeing and Airbus.
The biennial Airshow China, being held in the coastal city of Zhuhai from November 6-11, is traditionally an event for Beijing to parade its growing aviation prowess. This year, it comes as the country is dealing with a bruising trade war with the United States.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) showed off the model of the CR929's cockpit and passenger cabin in a ceremony that was attended by senior executives from both state-owned planemakers.
The mockup, which was 22 meters long, 6.5 meters tall and 5.9 meters wide, showed a roomy interior with 9-abreast basic seating in economy class. The cockpit contained dummy instruments, with actual systems yet to be chosen, including a sidestick similar to the flying control favoured by Airbus over the traditional control column.
UAC and COMAC announced they would cooperate on a wide-body jet programme in 2014 and they kick-started full-scale development of the programme three years later by forming joint venture China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC). To date, they have already sought proposals for the plane's engine and landing gear.
A senior COMAC executive said in June that the CR929 aims to make its maiden flight from 2023.
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