12 NOVEMBER 2018
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A possible rival for the Airbus A350 and Boeing B787 has been unveiled by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in the shape of a prototype of a wide-body long-haul jet developed in cooperation with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China.
A model of the CR929 was a highlight of the opening of China’s largest airshow, which began in the coastal city of Zhuhai last week. The Chinese partner is a state-owned aerospace manufacturer.
The aircraft is set to make its maiden flight in 2023, UAC president Yury Slyusar said. “Our programme is making progress and is on schedule, currently in the preliminary design and supplier and equipment selection phase.”
The prototype fuselage, which was 22m long, 6.5m tall and 5.9m wide, showed a spacious interior with two rows of First Class seats, three rows of Business Class seats, and four rows of nine-abreast Economy Class seats.
The basic version CR929-600 is projected to carry 280 passengers up to 12,000km (7,500mi) and will be 63.25m long and 19.9m high with a 58m-61m wingspan. The family will also include extended-fuselage and shortened-fuselage versions (CR929-700 and CR929-500).
The $20bn joint venture, the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC), was formed in 2017.
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