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China Teams Up With Russia in Bid to Break Airbus-Boeing Duopoly

  • Widebody jet to be developed with Russia’s United Aircraft
  • New aircraft would be able to fly 12,000 kilometers, seat 280
The tail fin of a model of a Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) C919.

The tail fin of a model of a Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) C919.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Even before China’s domestically made C919 single-aisle jet takes flight, the nation already has its sights set on producing a much larger aircraft within a decade.

Executives of state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. unveiled plans Wednesday to make a twin-aisle jet that can fly as far as 12,000 kilometers -- roughly the distance between Beijing and New York. The company, known as Comac, is forming a joint venture with Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. to research on and manufacture the aircraft.