Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) plans to develop the AirExpress AE-100 family of regional jets in partnership with Aero International Asia (consisting of Aerospatiale of France, Italy's Alenia and BAe) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace (STAe).

Three versions of the twinjet will be built, seating 100, 120 and 140 passengers respectively in single-class layouts. Basic design range will be 2,960km, although longer-range versions are also planned. An entry-into-service date of 2002 has been targeted for the baseline 120-seater.

AVIC is likely to develop the wing, with European assistance, and undertake final assembly of the aircraft. The European partners will probably share development of the fuselage.

Source: Flight International