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    Russian-Chinese Long-Haul Plane Design to Be Approved by March 2016

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    The blueprint for the Russian-Chinese cooperatively designed and manufactured wide-body long-haul passenger airplane will be approved by March 2016 and an intergovernmental agreement may come this year, the head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said Wednesday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – The wide-body jumbo jet is expected to make its first test flight in 2021 and be put into commercial production in 2025.

    “An important step for us is the passage of the so-called second gates when we ‘freeze’ the airplane’s appearance and the structure of cooperation. This may happen in March 2016,” Yury Slusar said.

    Speaking to reporters at the Beijing Aviation Expo, the UAC president also suggested that the two countries may sign an intergovernmental agreement on the project this year.

    “We hope to conclude an intergovernmental agreement on the wide-body aircraft, in which the two governments will secure the format of the works and the distribution of results, by the end of this year,” Slusar said.

    UAC is working on developing the aircraft, at an estimated cost of $13 billion, alongside the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). The sides signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the project in April 2012.

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