Bombardier Aerospace and AVIC (China Aviation Industry Corporation) and its subsidiaries have had a strategic business relationship for more than 25 years.
In the 1980s, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation began to provide components for Bombardier’s CL-215 and its successor, the Bombardier 415 amphibious aerial firefighting/utility/coastal reconnaissance aircraft.
In the 1990s, SAC Commercial Aircraft Company Limited (SACC) began manufacturing doors for the Bombardier Q-Series family of turboprop airliners.
A major strengthening of the Bombardier/China relationship came in 2006 when Bombardier and SACC signed the largest subcontracting agreement in the Chinese aerospace industry to supply major parts for the then-new Q400 turboprop. Today, SACC provides the doors, forward, mid and aft fuselage sections, as well as the empennage and wire harnesses for the Q400 NextGen airliner.
“The packages supplied by SACC represent about 50 percent of the overall Q400 NextGen airliner structure,” said Albert Li, General Manager and Head of Bombardier Aerospace China.
SACC’s sister company, Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) is contributing to Bombardier’s all-new CSeries airliner that will serve the 100- to 149-seat market segment. “Bombardier was the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to grant design authority on major supplied parts to China’s aviation industry, and SAC is now a major risk-sharing supplier on the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft,” said Brenton Chen, Vice-president, Operations, China.
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