Chinese carriers encouraged to buy ‘China made’ aircraft

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China appears to have done a back-flip when it comes to its policy towards airline start-ups.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) last December announced it would refrain from granting air operator’s certificates (AOC) to start-ups planning to launch in 2009.

But a report today in state-run China Daily, quotes unidentified CAAC officials in Xian, as saying start-ups that plan to operate Chinese-made aircraft will find it easier to get an AOC.

The Chinese-made aircraft cited in the article are Xian Aircraft’s MA60 turboprop and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s (Comac) ARJ21 regional jet.

Chinese aircraft-makers have had little success in selling aircraft in China because Airbus and Boeing have established strong relationships with the Chinese carriers and have established strong customer support systems. The Chinese aircraft-makers, based on past mistakes, have a relatively poor reputation for customer support.

This move by the CAAC appears to be a concerted push by the government to get local carriers to seriously look at buying the local product.

Xian Aircraft, which makes the MA60, literally has MA60s parked at its Yanliang airport base because it has too few customers. Comac has yet to deliver an aircraft but it too will be ramping up production  soon.

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2 Responses to Chinese carriers encouraged to buy ‘China made’ aircraft

  1. Kinbin 20 August, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Buying the aircraft is the easy bit.

    Its the aftermarket support infrastructure that needs to be matured and developed.

    That support will include, including but not limited to, customer engineering, parts support (structural, systems, engine), manuals updates, and aircraft configuation controls at the customer site.

    Until the support is robust and tested, the aircraft will continue to remain a ‘dud’.

    Should they decide to give them away at no charge, any established airline player would still be hesitant to take it up since the lack of support would literally make them ‘flying caskets’ in due time.

  2. Brian 20 August, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Sounds like a dispute for the WTO?

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