[photopress:s_ARJ21.jpg,full,alignright]The current Paris air show suggests a slowdown looms for some of the aviation industry. Weak recent airline traffic figures – taken worldwide, not China – and rising calls for stricter environmental controls pose threats to an airliner sector coming off its strongest two years in history.
The worry is that there is an increasingly international set of aerospace players vie for attention at Paris, with China coming up in less than a year with first flights for new regional jets that are seen as major advances for their industries – China’s ARJ21.
Eventually, eventually, the focus of the aviation industry will move somewhat from the United States to other countries, notably China.
The country has already shown its capability for building jet aircraft and substantial parts of very large jet aircraft. As a sizable proportion of future sales will be to Chinese airlines it is understandable that China will move more and more into building the aircraft. This will not be seen as cheering news in Europe and the United States.