Boeing, Airbus Call For End To US-China Trade War

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

Boeing and Airbus made their comments on the opening day of the biennial Airshow China, being held in the coastal city of Zhuhai from November 6-11, that is traditionally an event for Beijing to parade its growing aviation prowess.

While U.S. - influenced airplane, among America's greatest fares to China, to have so far circumvented Beijing's duties, examiners said they were all the while holding up to perceive what the exchange war would spell for U.S. organizations, like Boeing.

China and Russian Federation on Tuesday unveiled a life-size model of a proposed wide-body long-haul jet at the opening of China's largest airshow, giving public shape to their joint efforts to break into a market dominated by Boeing and Airbus.

"Our program is making progress and is on schedule", UAC President Yury Slyusar said, as quoted by CNBC. "It is now in the preliminary design phase and we are also in the supplier and equipment selection phase, which will finish by the end of 2019".

Its 737 completion centre, jointly established with the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, will deliver the first plane by the end of December.

Beijing's fifth-generation stealth fighter participated in a variety of aerial maneuvers and simulated dogfights at an air show in China Tuesday.

The aviation market is "one of the few Chinese industries where the demand is greater than supply", and less than 1 per cent of the 550 million flights made by Chinese a year ago were worldwide, reflecting great potential in the market, he added.

The prototype fuselage, which was 22 meters long, 6.5 meters tall and 5.9 meters wide, revealed a spacious interior with nine-abreast basic seating in economy class. The CR929's cockpit is equipped with dummy instruments, as the actual systems are yet to be chosen.

George Xu, the top China executive at Boeing's biggest rival Airbus, said at a news conference that the European planemaker did not expect a sales windfall from the tensions.

COMAC and United Aircraft inked a joint venture deal in June 2016 to form CRAIC in Shanghai. The $20-billion program has reportedly sought proposals for the plane's engine and landing gear.

"I'm not going to discuss this", said COMAC's chief designer for the CR929, Chen Yingchun.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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