Chinese aircraft manufacturer attracted German suppliers

German aircraft suppliers may get more orders from China. The Chinese state company Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd (Comac) asks German involvement in the development of its own aircraft, declared the Chinese during a visit of German business delegation to Shanghai. China will try to break the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing with the C919 passenger jet in 2017.

So far, only Liebherr supplies landing gear and air conditioning systems for the C919. The Chinese are also interested in German engine technology and carbon fiber. MTU CEO Egon Behle commented on the Chinese to develop a jet engine. “Seriously, there is no doubt,” said Behle. He estimates that the Chinese have a “double-digit billions” to be put in the development of aircraft engines.

According Comac, there are 200 firm orders for the C919 before year end. In the next 20 years, more than 4,000 jets are to be sold in China.