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Of course the Chinese aircraft must not be forgotten. The premiere was the L15 'Falcon' advanced jet trainer, recently equipped with two AI-222K-25F turbofan engines with afterburner. It showed a full flying display giving an impression of its agility and power/weight ratio. Looking a bit like the T-50 or M346 it remains to be seen what the future of this new aircraft on the jet trainer stage might be.

Three more new products were furthermore presented by AVIC, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China :

  • o the AC313 helicopter is the update of the Z-8, the latter one itself being based on the French 'Super Frelon'
  • o the MA600 turboprop civil transport aircraft
  • o and last but not least the colourful ARJ21, China's answer to the market for small jet-powered airlines. It is based on components of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and powered by two CF34-10A engines.

From the west the mighty A380 was the showstopper during the flight display. It performed its well-known routine and surprised by its powerful climb directly after take-off, but this time it was powered by the new "Engine Alliance" GP7200 engines. The display was shown twice on Tuesday, once for the opening ceremony and then again later in the afternoon, and on the following day, before the aircraft left the show after two days of attendance.

The Antonov An148 flew on the first day as well to demonstrate the strong ties between Antonov and China.

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