"Monkey see monkey do. Just what the world needs, another bloody regional jet." So said one observer upon learning that
Reports out of India say state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been asked by the government to prepare a roadmap for the design and construction of a so-called Indian Regional Jet (IRJ), and that the project will seek assistance from Bombardier or Embraer.
Should the plan progress, the world of regional aircraft manufacturing is going to get awfully crowded.
For the record, Bombardier says it does not have any industry arrangement with HAL on commercial aircraft at this time "and we do not comment on discussion with aerospace companies on future programmes". Embraer could not be immediately reached for comment.
I question whether either company will be keen to help
Regardless, the news means potentially big business for HAL, which is also likely to be the production house for
On hearing news that the same firm will probably take the lead on both projects, our oh-so-cynical industry observer quips: "Even better, they'll take 50 years to get on with both and then realise that it is out of date." Easy tiger.
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