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China Civil Aircraft Industry Forum 2017 held in Chengdu

Last Updated (Beijing Time):2017-06-28   Source:News Center of COMAC
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The China Civil Aircraft Industry Forum 2017, hosted by Sichuan Provincial Economic and Information Commission and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), was held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province on June 28th, 2017. More than 300 leaders, well-known scholars, experts and supplier representatives from government departments and units participating in the research, such as Sichuan provincial government, Chengdu municipal government, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Sichuan Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC), China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Honeywell and Safran, gathered together to deeply interpret the strategic position of ARJ21 demonstration operation in the development of China's civil aircraft industry during the new period and the strategic significance of adhering to market orientation to the development of China's civil aircraft industry centering on the theme of "Commercial Operation of ARJ21 and Trunk Liner Dream of China".

Mr. Liu Jie, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province, Mr. He Dongfeng, President of COMAC, and Mr. Jiang Wenxue, Director of CAAC Southwest Regional Administration, attended the forum and made a speech respectively. Mr. Liu Linzong, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice President of COMAC, read out the decision on giving honors to the advanced groups and individuals for demonstration operation guarantee and production certification of ARJ21-700 aircraft. Mr. Xu Jin, Secretary of the Party Committee and Director of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Sichuan, and Mr. Zhao Yuerang, Vice President of COMAC, attended the forum.

Mr. Liu Jie said in his speech that civil aircraft industry is a high-end platform for the games among powers and an important embodiment of the industrial modernization of a country. As C919 has completed the first flight and ARJ21 has marked the first anniversary of demonstration operation, the development of China's civil aircraft industry reaches a key milestone. Sichuan province has attached great importance to the development of civil aircraft industry, and is an important base for the development of military and civil aviation industry and engine in China. There are two airlines and 13 civil airports in Sichuan, among which Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the fourth largest airport in China, and Chengdu Tianfu Airport is under rapid construction. Mr. Liu Jie said that Sichuan province would actively integrate into the national civil aircraft industry system, further deepen the strategic cooperation with the main manufacturers of civil aircraft represented by COMAC, and provide full support in all aspects such as policy and personnel.

"Today, we have the first anniversary of the safe operation of ARJ21 aircraft, which indicates the initial acceptance of ARJ21 aircraft by the market and the important stage results achieved by the demonstration operation," said Mr. He Dongfeng, expressing whole-hearted thanks for the support provided by each party during the demonstration operation of ARJ21 aircraft. He said that it had been the unremitting pursuit of COMAC to realize the safe and smooth operation of the aircraft and make the aircraft continually create value for customers. COMAC would insist on the principle of being customer centered and problem oriented, further deepen the "five matchmakings" with the concepts, organization, systems, process and tooling methods of customers, further build an operation support system, improve on-site support ability, accelerate design optimization, and strengthen quality control and batch production capacity; would work together with CAAC, suppliers, customers and partners, seize the opportunity to seek common development, and strive to build ARJ21 aircraft into a new business card of the equipment manufacturing industry in China.

"The first anniversary of the demonstration operation of ARJ21 aircraft marks a solid step in the marketization of China's jetliner, and it is a great event in the development of China's civil aircraft industry," said Mr. Jiang Wenxue in his speech. Since the first arrival of ARJ21 aircraft in Chengdu, CAAC Southwest Regional Administration has been deeply proud of its mission and fully aware of its important responsibility, taken care of and supervised ARJ21 aircraft as careful as treating their own babies, prepared a tailored supervision manual, discovered and dealt with operational issues in time, monitored the status of the aircraft throughout the whole process, and boosted the demonstration operation of ARJ21 aircraft. He emphasized that trunk liner career is an important strategic support for the development of China's civil aviation industry, quality is the basis of development, and innovation is the way of development. CAAC Southwest Regional Administration would further study and implement the spirits of major instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on trunk liner career, and make efforts to create a favorable environment for the development of China-made civil aircraft.

This forum consisted of three chapters, which were Mission, Keynote and Dream. Mr. Zhuang Haogang, Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of Chengdu Airlines, Mr. Wang Jian, Deputy Director of CAAC Southwest Regional Administration, Mr. Tang Xiaoping, former General Director of ARJ21 Program, Mr. Wu Xingshi, Member of the Advisory Committee for the major projects of large aircraft of the State Council and former Chief Designer of ARJ21 Program, Mr. Li Xiaoqun, Director of Economics and Policy Teaching & Research Section of Civil Aviation Management Institute of China, Mr. Zhang Fang, Vice President of Chengdu Airlines, and Mr. Cai Jun, Pilot in Command of C919 First Flight Crew, made a keynote speech respectively, and provided insights into the topics such as continued airworthiness of civil aircraft, commercial operation mode of China-made airliners, the way to market success and the exploration of innovation of China's civil aircraft, new opportunities for China's regional jet market under the supply-side structural adjustment of civil aviation, and relationship between test pilots and aircraft development.

Making market breakthrough is an inevitable challenge and a necessary process in the development of a successful civil aircraft, which needs all kinds of support from the country, the government, the operators and other social sectors. It is required to nurture and create demand for China's fledgling civil aircraft manufacturers in order to gain real market and customers.

A new model of aircraft will undergo a difficult period of exploration in the early stage of market operation, and this period is also seen as a period of "continuous improvement", which is the objective law of the development of civil aircraft. During this period, it not only tests the technical support capability, supplier management capability and quick reaction capability of the main manufacturer, but also tests the maturity of the aviation market.

As an important part of implementation of China's large passenger aircraft strategy, ARJ21 program plays an important role in laying foundation and finding way for trunk liner program. Successful demonstration operation of ARJ21 aircraft is an important step for China-made civil aircraft to go to market, which is of great strategic significance and practical significance.

Currently, ARJ21 aircraft of Chengdu Airlines has been in route operation for one year and carried nearly 15,000 passengers, which marks that China has completed the whole process including design, trial production, test, flight test, certification, production and delivery of the regional jet. In the future, how to take the market as the center to meet customers' needs, establish and improve the customer support network, make continuous improvement and optimization and increase the utilization ratio of the aircraft is the strategic proposition for China's civil aircraft industry to deal with.

 

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