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Airshow China Report
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China
(Comac) and CFM International announced
the launch of the C919 jetliner programme,
powered by CFM's LEAP-X1C engine on the
opening day of the Zhuhai show.
The aircraft's launch customers are: Air
China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern
Airlines, Hainan Airlines, CDB Leasing and
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The
companies have ordered a combined total of
100 aircraft, with first deliveries scheduled for
"We are obviously honoured by the strong
show of support from China's major airlines
evidenced by these launch orders," says Eric
Bachelet, president and chief executive officer
of CFM International. "All of them are long-
time CFM customers and we look forward to
embarking on this exciting new era with them.
Over the next few years, we will work closely
with Comac to develop the engine and certify
GECAS signed a letter of intent with the
manufacturer for five aircraft, plus five options.
Half of the quoted 100 orders are firm, while
the remainder are options. China's three largest
airlines -- Air China, China Southern and China
Eastern -- have reportedly ordered as many as 20
Comac selected the LEAP-X as the sole
western powerplant for the C919 in
December 2009. The airframe manufacturer
has forecast global demand for more than
2,000 of the aircraft over the 20 years.
According to CFM, the two companies are
now nearing the completion of the joint-
definition phase of the programme and CFM
is on schedule to freeze the LEAP-X design by
the end of 2011. The first full LEAP-X engine is
expected to begin testing in early 2013.
The engine maker says Comac has opted
for a complete Integrated Propulsion System
(IPS) for the C919. CFM will provide the engine
and -- in partnership with Nexcelle -- the nacelle
and thrust reverser, delivering a complete IPS
CFM, a 50-50 joint venture between Snecma
and General Electric, is the world's largest
commercial aircraft engine manufacturer.
In 2008, the two companies renewed the
partnership to the year 2040.
Airshow China 2010 took place in Zhuhai on 16-21 November, luring a record 600 exhibitors, with
70 aircraft on static or flying display at the show. Andrzej Jeziorski reports.
Comac, CFM announce C919 jetliner programme launch
Donghai Jet orders
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed a firm order
for five super mid-size Challenger 300 jets
from charter operator Donghai Jet, based in
Southern China. The total value of the order is
approximately US$121 million, based on the list
price for typically equipped aircraft.
Upon delivery, the aircraft will join a new
Challenger 605 jet, which was delivered to
Donghai Jet's headquarters in Shenzhen on
13 November. The Chinese customer will soon
operate the first Challenger 300 and Challenger
605 jets to be based in the country.
"This order is a very important milestone in the
growth of our fleet of Learjet, Challenger and
Global business jets in Greater China," says Steve
Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Donghai Jet was jointly established by
Shenzhen Donggang Investment Development,
East Pacific Holdings and Win Glory Enterprises,
a Sino-foreign joint venture. In addition to
charter services, Donghai Jet also provides
trading consultation, management and
maintenance services for business jets.
Eurocopter used the Zhuhai show to present
its AS350 B3 Ecureuil helicopter -- the
company's latest newcomer in China -- and the
EC225, the Chinese market's leading heavy
In the show's static park, the company
displayed an AS350 B3 operated by the China
Southern Power Grid and an EC225 from the
Rescue and Salvage Bureau of the Ministry of
The AS350 B3 was certificated in 2009 by
the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC).
By the end of 2010, six helicopters of the type
will be operating in the country -- primarily for
general aviation purposes.
Another of the helicopters was delivered
in October to the Huaxi Village Group for
general, corporate and utility use.
The EC225 displayed at the show is one
of two operated by the Rescue and Salvage
Bureau, which is to take delivery of two more
in 2011. Other Chinese EC225 customers
include: Citic Offshore Helicopter, with two
helicopters for offshore operations; and
the Guangdong Province Public Security
Department, which received an EC225 in
September for police and firefighting missions.
According to Eurocopter, there are 22
helicopters from the Super Puma family in
China, growing to 27 by the end of next year
-- of which ten will be EC225s. This confirms
the EC225's capabilities as the best performer
in its category, and proves its mission versatility
in a wide range of operations.
Eurocopter highlights growing role in China
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