China's Y-8 aircraft poised to land in South American market

08:18, June 02, 2011      

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AVIC Shaanxi Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd. and China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation signed a contract to export Y-8 transport planes to Venezuela on May 21.

The planes exported will successively arrive in South America in 2012. Venezuela is the most recent country to which China will supply the Y-8 planes, after Sri Lanka, Sudan, Burma, Iran, Egypt, Tanzania and some other countries. By now, the number of the Y-8 planes exported by China has reached 25, signaling a huge international market with strong demand for the Y-8 aircraft has been opened.

Currently, the Y-8 aircraft is the largest mid-size Chinese aircraft for mid-range transportation. Since its maiden flight in December 1975, the AVIC Shaanxi Corporation has made many adjustments and improvements based on the original design and also developed three series of 24 models from the prototype, including the "Blackhawk" helicopter transporter, civil model, export model, airtight model, postal model and special model. AVIC Shaanxi Corporation has filled many gaps in China's aviation industry.

While promoting Y-8 planes in the civil aviation area of China, the AVIC Shaanxi Corporation has also changed their marketing ideas and is actively exploring international markets by sticking to the policy of "aviation oriented, integrating civil and military planes, military planes first, emphasizing civil planes and going global." Ultimately, the corporation has brought Y-8 planes out of China and to the world.

Since the export model of the Y-8 aircraft developed by the AVIC Shaanxi Corporation started its first export in 1987, a total of 13 planes have already been delivered to its foreign customers. The outstanding performance of the planes and the excellent after-sale services provided by the AVIC Shaanxi Corporation are making Y-8 planes attractive to more foreign customers, and the optimistic market prospect has also brought a lot of vigor and energy to the development of the corporation.

The purchase contract of eight Y-8C aircraft signed by the CATIC and AVIC Shaanxi Corporation sets a record high on the single export order quantity of the Y-8 series of transport aircraft. Based on the current technical conditions of Y-8 planes, AVIC Shaanxi Corporation reloaded part of the avionics equipment of the eight export-oriented aircraft and adjusted the dashboard layout to improve the handling efficiency of the freight system in accordance with user requirements, according to sources.

In addition, the company also launched adaptability improvements regarding aircraft systems, such as aircraft structure, environmental control, oxygen, living facilities, power distribution and lighting, to meet the requirements of freight and equipment air transport, airborne landing as well as the air drop of various small and large goods and equipment.

Although the air transport market embraced an initial recovery after the international financial crisis, the overall situation of international aircraft sales still looks gloomy. In this context, CATIC and the AVIC Shaanxi focus on the future, complement each other and work together to expand their presence in the international market. Executive leaders of AVIC Shaanxi visited Venezuela several times with a study group to conduct detailed investigations on the service conditions of Venezuela's airports, the airports' equipment and climate characteristics in order to ensure that the Y-8 aircraft technical state is suited for the local conditions and can better meet user requirements.

Venezuela also repeatedly sent officials to conduct investigations at AVIC Shaanxi. Both sides finally reached a consensus after one year of business negotiations.

Ma Zhiping, general manager of China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation, said that as the corporation and AVIC Shaanxi has reached a purchase contract for eight Y-8 planes, the aircraft will successively arrive in South America in 2012. Ma also said that the corporation will spare no efforts to explore the international market to allow more Y-8 planes to fly around the world.

Li Guangxing, chairman of the board and the general manager of AVIC Shaanxi, said that the company will continue to produce high-quality aircraft to satisfy customers, offer various services to create value for customers and lay a foundation for follow-up aircraft to enter the South American market to achieve win-win cooperation for various parties.

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