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Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, Boeing ink deal

Mar. 7, 2012 (China Knowledge) - Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd, or COMAC, a leading aircraft manufacturer in the country, and U.S.-based Boeing Co, the world's leading aircraft maker, has signed their first collaboration agreement to jointly expand China's aviation industry.

As parts of the agreement, the two sides will launch the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center in Beijing, in a bid to increase commercial aviation's fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

State-owned COMAC, which is building the new C919 jet and ARJ21 regional jets, has received 235 orders of C919, a 150-seat narrow-body airliner, said Deputy General Manager Wu Guanghui at the National People's Congress, adding that the first C919 is expected to start trial flight in 2014.

China's passenger throughput would surpass 300 million in 2012 and reach 1.5 billion in 2030, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Boeing has projected that China's airlines will need to purchase 5,000 new aircraft by 2030 to meet the extraordinary aviation demand in the country, sources reported.

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