AVIC's Commercial Aircraft Engine Co. yesterday began construction of its CNY3.23 billion ($472.5 million) Shanghai research and development facility, which is scheduled to be completed in 2013 and will include and R&D center and an airworthiness testing center as well as engineering, liaison and customer service facilities. GM Zhang Jian said at the ceremony that the base initially will focus primarily on production of a powerplant for the 150-seat C919, which is scheduled to enter ...

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