Chinese companies have secured their first contracts to supply parts and assemblies for the Boeing 7E7, as the country's major carriers seek government approval for a major bulk order for the new mid-size twinjet.

Boeing last week signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with China Aviation Industry Corp I and II (AVIC I and II) covering contracts for two of their subsidiary companies.

The MoUs call for AVIC I's Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) to supply the rudder of the 7E7, and AVIC II's Hafei Aviation Industry to produce metallic and composite parts and assemblies "for various Boeing jetliners, including the 7E7".

Key Chinese airlines are seeking government approval for a major joint 7E7 order that could be for more than 50 aircraft.

Source: Flight International