• From The BBC:

    China has unveiled the design of what will be its largest locally-made commercial aircraft.The jet, a single-aisle C919 with up to 190 seats, will only be ready for test flights in 2014 and delivery in 2016. But it is another step towards China’s long-term goal of producing more products for domestic use rather than being the manufacturer for the world. China has become the world’s second-largest market – and fastest growing – for commercial aircraft. ‘Superpowers’The plane is made by Comac, a unit of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China. “It’s the first time that China has put a face in front of the global aviation industry,” said Richard Thiele, who works for the organiser of the air show in Hong Kong where the C919 debuted. China has been the focus of much attention from the two dominant players of aerospace – Europe’s Airbus and Boeing of the US. Airbus is the first of the world’s big two aircraft-makers to have a full production facility in the country, and recently del…

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