I sometimes read in (non-specialized) media that the C919 single-aisle aircraft currently under development by Chinese manufacturer COMAC is just an “empty shell”. The idea conveyed here is “since most aircraft systems come from foreign companies, it means that China doesn’t get the credit for building the aircraft”. In a nutshell, they are saying that the C919 “isn’t really Chinese”. I actually sometimes get that … Continue reading Airbus A320, Boeing 737, COMAC C919: where do the suppliers come from?
China has achieved a remarkable catch-up in multiple industries, such as high-speed trains, automobile and renewable energies. In some, it is emerging as a global leader (smartphones, home-use electronics, …). In contrast, the aviation industry still lags behind foreign counterparts despite the launch of ambitious national programs and significant government support. Acquiring foreign competitors, setting up JVs with leading-edge players is an effective way to … Continue reading Overview of Chinese Investments in the Western Aviation Industry
Figures in this article are based on the China Civil Aviation Report, published by the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) in 2017 China’s aviation industry is, as you already know, highly state-driven and composed essentially of state-owned conglomerates. Historically it has always been considered a strategic industry due to its role as a military asset, although increasing importance has been given to its … Continue reading What’s the Chinese Aviation Industry like? 5 Facts & Figures