China is gearing up efforts to consolidate the manufacture of large commercial trunk aircraft with the merger of AVIC I and AVIC II, now scheduled to occur in July (ATWOnline, May 28). The companies held a mobilization conference last weekend and established a group led by AVIC I President Lin Zuoming to formulate the specific merger plan, which is awaiting approval from Beijing. China Aviation Industry Corp. was split in July 1999. AVIC I comprises Xi'an Aircraft Industry Co., Shenyang ...

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