China and the EU signed landmark agreements, recognizing aircraft certifications from both sides that could lead to business for China’s COMAC C919 aircraft and creating a framework for further cooperation in areas of policy, technology, and talent, said the Global Times.
The agreements were signed between the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and marks the first time for China and the EU to reach such a deal in the civil aviation sector, according to a report from the CAAC News, which is affiliated with the Chinese regulator. The two agreements cover air space security and flight patterns.
“They are framework agreements and more details are expected to come soon,” said Diao Weimin, an international aviation law expert and a professor at the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China.
The deal is related to the airworthiness certification of China’s home-built C919, said Diao.”At least it can pave-way for C919’s entering the EU market in terms of normalization,” he added.
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