World’s largest am­phibi­ous air­craft un­der­way

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China started the assem­bly of its first do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped sea­plane, which is ex­pected to take a big share in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

The air­craft’s de­but flight is planned for the first half of next year, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the com­pany, a sub­sidiary of Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China.

“Some coun­tries with many is­lands, such as Malaysia and New Zealand, have ex­pressed in­ter­est in the AG-600, and we are in con­tact with them,” said Qu Jing­wen, gen­eral man­ager of China Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Gen­eral Air­craft Co, the air­craft’s devel­oper, on July 17 in Zhuhai, at a cer­e­mony mark­ing the start of assem­bly.

The air­craft maker has re­ceived 17 or­ders from do­mes­tic com­pa­nies.

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