Bombardier plans to build jet planes in China

15 December 2005

Shanghai, China, 15 Dec – Canada’s Bombardier plans to transfer production of one of its medium-haul jet airplanes to China and is currently awaiting authorization from the government in Beijing, English language newspaper Shanghai Daily reported Thursday.

The report added that Bombardier had already set up a working team at Shenyang Aircraft Corp before setting up the official joint-venture. The Chinese company has been producing parts for Bombardier airplanes for over a decade.

The Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, which builds military aircraft, is headquartered in Shenyang in Liaonning province in northeast China.

The airplanes that Bombardier plans to manufacture in China are from series C, so-called regional planes with a maximum range of 5,500 kilometers and which carry between 110 and 135 passengers.

The joint venture will make Bombardier the second foreign company to manufacture airplanes in China after Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica or EMBRAER, as it is better known entered the market three years ago with Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co and Hafei Aviation Industry Co.

The company created by the joint venture, Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co, has already received orders for 16 airplanes, from air carriers China Southern and China Eastern.

Bombardier, which is headquartered in Quebec, is the third largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft, as well as producing railway rolling stock. (macauhub)