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November 20, 2012
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Airshow China Post-Show 2012
Airshow China in Zhuhai took place from Nov. 13 to 18 and drew more than 200,000 visitors and included more than 650 exhibitors. The six-day show gave visitors a chance to check out the latest in military and civilian aviation and included a scale model of the J-31, a Chinese stealth fighter in development. Read more here from South China Morning Post.

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 Singapore Airlines to order more A380s and A350 XWBs
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will order 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five double deck A380s and 20 A350-900s. The aircraft will be operated on the carrier's long range and regional services, offering maximum comfort and efficiency for high density and medium capacity routes.

  Air Show Headlines 
  • China's C919 passenger jet wins orders at air show
    Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China reports that it has received 380 orders for its C919 passenger plane, including 50 at the Zhuhai air show. However, COMAC still faces significant obstacles before it can challenge the likes of Boeing and Airbus, experts say. "The aircraft may have a share of the market, but it may take years before it can compete against the two foreign producers [Boeing and Airbus]," one analyst said. China is expected to need more than 5,200 commercial jets in the next two decades, according to Boeing. Brisbane Times (Australia)/Agence France-Presse (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China showcases arms capabilities at air show
    China, which has become a prominent weapons exporter, showed off its latest arms at the air show in Zhuhai. The items on display included missiles and helicopters, but the major draw was a model of a stealth fighter known in Western circles as the J-31. "The Chinese used to simply produce cheap knockoffs of their basic Russian equipment," said Siemon Wezeman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. "They have made very considerable advances, but still have problems, particularly with engines." Reuters (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARJ21 jet encounters further delays
    COMAC has once again delayed the delivery date of its ARJ21 regional jet. The jet was first supposed to be delivered in 2007, but that was subsequently postponed to 2011 and later to 2013. Now COMAC has targeted 2014 for its delivery to Chengdu Airlines. "Most of the technical issues of the aircraft have been resolved," said Chen Yong, the chief designer for the project. "There have been delays because we don't have experience in certification in terms of methods and infrastructure." (U.K.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regional tensions heat up market for drones in China
    Rising tensions in the East China Sea may allow China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. to boost its sales of unmanned aerial vehicles in the coming year. China wants to step up its monitoring efforts in the region, according to CASIC's Huang Xingdong, speaking at the Zhuhai air show. CASIC and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China showed off their drones at the air show. Bloomberg (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A350 XWB Final Assembly Line
French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrice Brégier officially inaugurated the 74,000 square-metre A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL), in Toulouse, France. At full production, the FAL will employ some 1,500 people who will build up to ten aircraft a month as from 2018.
  Special Features 
  • Chinese show interest in recreational aviation despite government restrictions
    Many upper-class Chinese people are interested in taking up flying as a hobby and were drawn to the recent air show in China. However, the country's strict control over its airspace and hefty taxes have made that difficult. "The airspace here has not opened up as was forecast," said Briand Greer of Honeywell International. Still, companies are anxious to move into the Chinese market as they look to offset slowing sales in the U.S., this feature says. Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bell Helicopter sells 16 aircraft
    Bell Helicopter has reached deals with several organizations to sell a total of 16 vehicles, the company said at Airshow China. The buyers of the helicopters include Aerochine Aviation, Beijing Fanya General Aviation and Guanchen Aviation. "There is a significant opportunity for us to provide valuable solutions to Chinese customers and we are expanding our in-country presence to serve them," said John Garrison, Bell's president and CEO. (U.K.) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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