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XAIC delivers first 747-8 vertical tail

(The Economic Daily)

15:49, January 17, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Xi'an Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), delivered the 2,000th 737NG vertical tail and the first 747-8 vertical tail to Boeing Company on Jan. 13.

The 737NG vertical tail is designed for Boeing 737, the world's most popular passenger jet. XAIC turned over the first 737NG vertical tail to Boeing on Sept. 28, 1998, marking its first step toward becoming Boeing’s reliable supplier of vertical tails.

XAIC has made great efforts to ensure the quality and stable production of its products, and is now able to produce 21 737NG vertical tails a month, thereby becoming a leading vertical tail supplier to Boeing.

At present, about two-thirds of the Boeing 737 aircrafts operated worldwide are equipped with XAIC-made vertical tails.

The 747-8 vertical tail is the first deal between XAIC and Vought Aircraft Industries, a U.S.-based aircraft manufacturer partly owned by Boeing. According to their contract, XAIC will deliver seven 747-8 vertical tails in 2012, and two 747-8 vertical tails each month in 2013.

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