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Interview: Commercial aviation in China


Sam Roggeveen


17 August 2011 12:39

You might say the story of China's commercial aviation industry is, writ small, the story of modern China itself: full of breathtaking advances but also huge shortcomings which tend to get overlooked in the hyperventilating about a rising China.

Chad Ohlandt is an aerospace engineer with the RAND Corporation, a major US think tank, and co-author of Ready for takeoff: China's advancing aerospace industry. He visited the Lowy Institute today to brief us about the state of Chinese commercial aviation, and he agreed to an interview.

I began by asking him about the commercial aircraft types that China is now offering on the international market (above, the ARJ 21 regional jet; photo by Flickr user Peng Chen), which are apparently of mediocre quality: