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January 2008 edition

China's ambition shows no sign of abating as new year turns

Aircraft manufacturing giants Airbus and Boeing could find themselves up against a third major competitor in the future if China's two main aircraft makers decide to join forces.

China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC I) and AVIC II, which are both state-owned, could potentially consolidate their commercial aircraft manufacturing businesses to construct a domestic passenger jet to rival those from Boeing and Airbus.

Further details of the plan are likely to be announced in March, the China Daily has suggested. The aircraft, which could be ready by 2020, may be assembled in Shanghai, with the nose, fuselage and tail sections built in other parts of the country. AVIC I currently manufactures China's 70-100 seater ARJ-21 airliner.....

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