China aviation sector gets boost
Published: Jan 14, 2010
China - China's AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine broke ground on a new R&D facility this week that will focus primarily on engine research and manufacturing for China's first homegrown jumbo jet.
The RMB 3.23 billion centre, located in Shanghai's Minhang district will serve as a centre for air-worthiness testing, customer service and international communications.
It will focus on engine research and manufacturing for China's first homegrown C919, a 150-seat aircraft project.
The first engine is expected to roll off assembly lines in 2016.
Currently four countries, the US, the UK, France and Russia, are capable of making their own aircraft engines.
China's effort to be the world's fifth nation to make large aircraft engines will help reduce its reliance on foreign jet suppliers, such as Boeing and Airbus, analysts said.
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