A Chinese-Russian widebody airliner, now launched into full-scale development, is intended to offer a leap in operating efficiency—a goal that may well be expected for an aircraft that could enter service in 2027. The question is: How will it get there? United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) of Russia and China’s Comac kicked off the program on May 22, setting up a joint company in Shanghai with the aim of delivering the first aircraft within 10 years. Although UAC and Comac engineers ...

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