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China Star CS2000

The formation of the China Commercial Aircraft Company (COMAC) was approved by Chinese Cabinet 27 February 2007, and the company was created officially April 2008 as joint stock company with registered capital of CNY19 billion (USD2.7 billion). COMAC is responsible for design and development of new large commercial aircraft (defined as airliner with more than 150 seats and MTOW exceeding 100 tonnes) targeted to fly before 2020.

Guangdong Changsheng Aircraft Design Co., Ltd. [GCADC] stated intention to bid its CS2000/CS2010 designs for selection. On 05 December 2006 a company called Guangdong Changsheng, or the Guangdong Prosperous Airplane Design Company Ltd., was established as the first privately operated aircraft design enterprise in China, with research and development facilities in Shanghai. In 2007 the company announced its plans to design and build nothing less than two families of advanced twin-turbofan airliners.

On the morning of September 19th, the 12th Aviation Expo / China 2007 was formally opened at China International Exhibition Center. Guangdong Changsheng Aircraft Design Co., Ltd. has exhibited design plans of domestic made CS series large single/dual aisles jet aircraft and six aircraft models. This company is mainly engaging in the research of civil aircraft, starting from the overall design of the civil aircraft, and taking the core research task.

China-made CS series large aircraft includes single aisle and dual aisles. Dual aisles CS2000 series aircraft include basic type CS2000-200, extra-long type CS2000-300 and extra-short type CS2000-100. CS2000 series aircraft are 200-300 large jet aircrafts adopting big chord ratio, middle swept-back supercritical wing, wide body, low tail layout. Single aisle CS2010 series aircraft include basic type CS2010-200, extra-long type CS2010-300 and extra-short type CS2010-100. CS2010 series aircrafts are 200-300 large jet aircrafts adopting big chord ratio, middle swept-back supercritical wing, single aisle, low tail layout.

One of them is the China Star CS2000 widebody long-haul airliner. The aircraft has a classic layout with a circular-section fuselage, low-mounted moderately swept wings, conventional swept tail surfaces, two large high-bypass turbofan engines in underwing nacelles and a tricycle landing gear with a twin-wheel forward retracting nose unit and four-wheel main bogies retracting inwards. According to reports, the share of composite materials in the structure is to reach 25%.

Computer-generated images and photos of a display model circulated on the Internet show the aircraft to have an extraordinary likeness to the as-yet unflown Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This applies to the shape of the flightdeck glazing, the curved 'fish-tail' contour of the fin and the raked wingtips. Actually, unlike the 787, the wingtips are gently curved upwards to form winglets. Three versions differing in fuselage length are envisaged - the CS2000-100, -200 and - 300. The seating capacity ranges from 200 to 300 passengers.

The other project offered by the Guangdong Prosperous Airplane Design Company was the 150- to 200-seat CS2010 series. This is a narrowbody airliner looking like a scaled-down CS2000 with twin-wheel main gear units - an aircraft in the same class as the Boeing 737NG and the Airbus Industrie A320/A321. Again, the aircraft is offered in three versions differing in fuselage length - the CS2010-100, -200 and -300.

At this point the CS2000/C52010 appears to be vaporware. If even an aerospace giant like Boeing has trouble with its highly innovative 787, what can we expect from a fledgling company with a small design staff and little experience in the field? (It has been suggested that some of the people designing the CS2000 were involved with the Y10; but if this is true, then they must be of a rather advanced age. The chances of these projects materialising are nil.

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