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china’s largest passenger aircraft … and alcoa is there
Alcoa and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) are jointly exploring leading technology solutions for the design and development of China’s new, large passenger jet, the C919.

Through a technology cooperation agreement, we are examining advanced aluminium structural concepts, designs and alloys to create the 190-seat aircraft.

Helmut Wieser, Alcoa Executive Vice-President and Group President Global Rolled Products and Asia said: “We are working closely with COMAC to develop a tailored solution that will meet COMAC’s goal of creating a globally competitive, high-performance, economical commercial airliner.”

The aircraft will be assembled in Shanghai, but will source parts and components globally.

“The C919 will be the largest passenger jet to be produced in China. Our goal is to design an efficient, high-performance structure that will compete in the global aerospace market. Therefore, it is imperative that we look at design alternatives and collaborate with innovative materials technology leaders like Alcoa,” said Wu Guanghui, Chief Designer of the C919 program and Vice President of COMAC.

There is strong market interest for this aircraft based on China’s expected long-term growth in global passenger traffic demand. The C919 is expected to take its first flight in 2014 and enter service in 2016.

Alcoa has 15 locations throughout China. Offices and plants are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Qinhuangdao, Kunshan, Suzhou, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Alcoa’s advanced alloys and materials are used on China’s first home-produced regional jet, the ARJ21-700.

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