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China to Deliver a Fleet of 30 Homemade ARJs by 2012
Feb 21, 2009

With China’s first homemade regional jet, the ARJ21, beginning its large-scale production, country is all set to win the acknowledgement in the international aviation industry.

The state-run Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China has stated that the country’s first domestically developed regional jet – ARJ21 – has commenced production on a massive scale and by 2013, 30 planes will be ready for delivery to the clients, as reported by xinhuanet.

The plane manufacturer is expected to deliver first five planes of the lot in 2010, 10 planes in 2011 and the remainder in 2012. As per the report of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, there would be a need of 2,822 additional jumbo jets and 993 extra regional jets in the fleets of the Chinese airlines during 2008-2027. 

The plane maker has so far received total 208 orders for the 90-seat jet from both domestic as well as foreign buyers, including GE Commercial Aviation Service. As per the new report “Aerospace Industry Forecast to 2013” published by RNCOS, by 2025, there will be a demand of over 3000 airplanes in China, having a potential market size of around US$ 350 Billion.

The demand for regional jets is surging as they are highly fuel-efficient on shorter routes. ARJ21 series of planes has been especially developed to address the surging demand from China regional transport development and ambient area airlines.

The development of the fleet of civil aircraft, which includes medium and large turboprop and turbofan aircraft as well as the first regional commercial jet, the ARJ21, will help China to run a neck-to-neck race with other countries of the world in terms of technical, complex and high-value industries.

The country’s state-owned Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing that assembles the Advanced Regional Jet (ARJ) has revealed its contracts with four other companies, indicating the beginning of bulk production of China’s first home-made regional jet – the ARJ21-700.

The motivating factor behind this was to reduce China’s dependence on foreign suppliers. The production of jumbo aircraft is highly significant for China as it would enhance the country’s reputation on the global platform. Moreover, Chinese government has taken several regulatory steps by enforcing new regulation for foreign investment in the concerned industry to upgrade the existing infrastructure.

According to a Research Analyst at RNCOS, “In over four decades, the Chinese civil aviation manufacturing industry has leaped from simulated manufacturing to independent development and has been observing a growth rate that is above the world average.”

Related Market Research Reports:
Aerospace Industry Forecast to 2013
Global Aerospace Market Analysis
US Aerospace Industry Analysis