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COMAC teams with Russian aircraft maker to develop long-haul jet

CHINA and Russia today established a joint venture to develop a long-haul jet to challenge Boeing and Airbus.

The state-owned plane maker Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and United Aircraft Corp of Russia established the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation Limited. The 50-50 joint venture is based in Shanghai's free trade zone in Pudong.

The firms have carried out three-year preliminary studies on the project and decided the designing concept of the jet, said He Dongfeng, general manager with COMAC.

The wide-body jet will seat 280 and have a range of up to 12,000 kilometers. The jet will be assembled in Shanghai.

The new firm said it will begin designing the jet and choosing suppliers.

A model of the wide-body jet made its debut at China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai in south Guangdong Province on November 2, 2016.

The C919, China's first domestically-developed narrow-body jet made its maiden flight at Pudong International Airport on May 5.


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