French companies want to participate in CR929 program


Paris - French aerospace companies want to participate in the Sino-Russian CR929 long-range wide-body aircraft program.

French companies are very interested in participating in the long-range wide-body aircraft CR929 project. We, of course, are following the project with interest,
said Bertrand de Lacombe, the Director of International Cooperation of French Civil Aviation Authority.

On the other hand, Ravil Khakimov, Head of the Department of Aviation Industry of Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that the proposals for participation in the new wide-body program are currently under evaluation.

French companies, Thales, and Safran, among others, have already submitted their proposals.

Russia and China plans to offer their joint production widebody airliner to the market by 2025. The aircraft will accommodate 250 to 300 passengers and will be cheaper than its counterparts produced by Airbus and Boeing.

The plane is expected to not only grab a remarkable market share in Russia and China but also in other countries. The estimated development cost of the CR929 will be $13-20 billion.