[photopress:xin_49204040709431872928530.jpg,full,alignright]The China jumbo aircraft will be assembled in both Shanghai and Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
Jin Qiansheng, deputy director of the administrative committee of Xi’an Yanliang State Aviation High-tech Industry Base, said that although the project is still in the initial planning phase, Xi’an is expected to have about 50% of the manufacturing workload for jumbo airliners and 60% for airfreighters.
The Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said Shanghai will be the assembly base when it announced China would launch jumbo aircraft manufacturing.
[photopress:new_jumbos.jpg,full,alignleft]Jin Qiansheng said, ‘Yanliang will also play a key role in developing the country’s own jumbo aircraft. It is the only national aviation industry base, and it has China’s strongest aviation research and development team.’ According to Jin Qiansheng, Yanliang is also responsible for producing the wings and fuselage of China’s new regional jet, the ARJ-21.
A jumbo aircraft is an airfreighter with a take-off weight of more than 100 tons or an airliner with more than 150 seats. However, China will need at least another 10 years before it will make the first jumbo. Huge market demand means that China will need 1,600 new airliners by 2020, representing expenditure of at least US$150 billion.
Source: China News