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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 20 September

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 20 September

China’s leading civil aviation college embraces 70th birthday

Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC), China’s leading civil aviation college based in the country’s northern port city of Tianjin, will celebrate its 70th founding anniversary on 25th September. CAUC now has more than 28,000 students, 75 aircraft for flight teaching and training and 22 aircraft for aircraft maintenance practice.

COMAC C919 jet reaches ‘important milestone’

The first Comac 919 narrow-body aircraft which is set to be delivered to China Eastern Airlines before the year-end, will enter the final assembly stage soon announced Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC). COMAC started manufacturing the first C919 aircraft in late 2019, and now the manufacturing work has achieved phased progress. Since its maiden test flight conducted in May 2017, six C919 prototypes have been undergoing a series of rigorous tests.

EHang partners with HELI-EASTERN for UAM in Shenzhen

AAV developer EHang announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Shenzhen East General Aviation (HELI-EASTERN). HELI-EASTERN is a major low-altitude general aviation carrier and helicopter service provider in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in China. Huazhi Hu, founder, chairman and CEO of EHang stated “We are very pleased to cooperate with HELI-EASTERN to set the benchmark in integrated airspace applications. HELI-EASTERN is the first general aviation carrier to join EHang’s own AAV operation programme, which is a key milestone in the urban air mobility industry. This is not only an important step in EHang’s 100 Air Mobility Routes Initiative, but also signifies EHang’s entry into Shenzhen with our passenger-grade EHang 216 AAVs and a new chapter in our AAV trial operations. We will leverage our strengths in both software and hardware technologies to partner with HELI-EASTERN in continuing to nurture the eco-system for urban air mobility operations.”

Guangzhou aims to become global aviation hub

China’s Guangdong Province, is planning to complete a national-level Airport Economic Demonstration Zone by 2025, including building its airport into an international aviation hub and integrating in the transport construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). Guangzhou will also focus on the development of other core aviation industries, including modern aviation logistics and aviation maintenance.

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