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'Homegrown' airliner ready for export in 2016

By Tuo Yannan (China Daily)

08:38, March 08, 2012

A model of the C919 commercial airliner made by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China is on display at the Aviation Expo in Beijing on Sept 21. (Zhang Yu / Xinhua)

China's own C919 commercial airliner, domestically produced, will be ready for export to overseas markets starting in 2016, after two years of test flights, said Wu Guanghui, the chief designer.

Wu, deputy general manager of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, said the company had already received orders from the United States and Singapore, bringing the total number of domestic and overseas orders to 235.

"The first plane will be off the assembly line as early as next year. Production on a much larger scale will take place in 2016, after two years of test flights," Wu said.

The narrow-bodied airplane can carry 168 passengers and has a maximum flight distance of 4,400 kilometers to "cover all domestic flight routes and as far as Southeast Asia", Wu said.

The first batch of the C919 planes will use the advanced LEAP-X1C engines, which are installed in Boeing and Airbus SAS aircraft.

The imported engine, jointly developed by General Electric and Safran SA, is expected to lower fuel consumption by 13 to 15 percent, Wu said.

However, development of a Chinese-made engine for the airliner is currently under way.

Wu said the company's domestically-made engine for the plane, codenamed "Yangtze 1000", will be installed later.

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Chinese fly euro anh russian enginee can not say China made air plane.
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Stress on quality and reliability and work on parts and services will make the brand known internationally

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