ARJ21_07-24-08-thumb-300x191Back in May China created its own passenger aircraft company, China Commercial Aircraft Co. with the hopes to build their own airliners. Airbus has forecasted that China’s domestic aircraft market will increase 500% by 2026. At first this seemed like a great feat, thinking how much money and research it would take to develop entirely new aircraft. Even though the company has long-term goals, they are working to get the 85-seat ARJ21 to the market soon.

Upon some more research I found that the “new” plane they hope to build looks oddly like an MD-90 and it pretty much is.The company is using tooling provided by Boeing (previously McDonnell Douglas) for license production of the plane. It will have a new wing design and winglets, but is pretty much a new version of an old design.

Sources:  KOMO, Wikipedia Image: Wikipedia

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