BEIJING: China will soon start manufacturing commercial jets that can carry over 150 passengers and compete with Airbus and Boeing.
The approval for the ambitious project was granted by the State Council, China’s cabinet, recently after examining a feasibility report of a team of specialists on the new plane programme, according to official reports in Xinhua news agency.
The committee approved in principle the plan to develop the new aircraft which is set to begin as soon as possible. Developing its own large aircraft is a priority of China’s longer-term scientific and technological development strategy.
“The programme to develop large passenger jets is a major strategic decision of the central government and a long-cherished aspiration of the Chinese people,” the report quoted officials as saying.
According to the cabinet meeting, after more than five decades of development, China’s aviation industry is now ready to enter the next phase of its development, by going in for larger planes.
The programme will enhance China’s overall international competitiveness and help transform the nation’s economic growth pattern.