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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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UP IN THE AIR?


Asian skies would be crowded with 100-seat jets if all the would-be plane builders had their way. Note that all have Western partners except two -- Indonesia's N-2130 and Japan's YS-X, which may soon be scrapped


PROJECT

CHINA-Air Express

PARTICIPANTS

Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) is taking 46% of the joint venture, a European consortium of Airbus Industrie and Alenia 39%, and Singapore Technologies 15%

DESCRIPTION

Regional jet with three versions: 95, 120 and 137 seats

STATUS

Partners are negotiating details of the joint venture arrangement including technology transfer and the site for final assembly. Targeted roll-out year: 2002

COST

$1.7 billion


PROJECT

Indonesia- N-2130

PARTICIPANTS

Government-owned IPTN, which is under Research and Technology Minister B.J. Habibie

DESCRIPTION

Regional jet with 100 seats

STATUS

Government officials have accelerated the plane's development schedule and now expect to have a prototype making its first test flight in 2003 with production to begin in 2005

COST

$2 billion


PROJECT

South Korea

MD-95

PARTICIPANTS

Hyundai in cooperation with McDonnell Douglas. Hyundai is building a $1.3-billion plant to produce wings and other parts

DESCRIPTION

Regional jet with 100-120 seats

STATUS

The plane's launch customer, ValuJet of the U.S., suffered a crash last year. Some analysts doubt the company will therefore live up to its commitment of 50 MD-95 planes with an option for 50 more. And Boeing's pending acquisition of McDonnell Douglas adds to skepticism

COST

$2.7 billion


PROJECT

AIRJET

PARTICIPANTS

Korean venture that includes Samsung and AIR, the small-plane European consortium

DESCRIPTION

Regional jet with three versions: 58, 75, and 84 seats

STATUS

Korean consortium hopes to sign an MOU with the Europeans by June and produce a plane for testing by 2000. Commercial sales are planned for 2001

COST

$1.2 billion


PROJECT

Japan

YS-X

PARTICIPANTS

Japan Aircraft Development Corp., a government-sponsored consortium including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries

DESCRIPTION

Regional jet with 100 seats

STATUS

Japan is budgeting $3 million to continue a decade-old market study this year. Though not officially dead, the project is nearly so. Officials privately wonder whether there is a market for YS-X

COST

$21 million spent so far on studies


PROJECT

CRJ-X

derivative

PARTICIPANTS

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Bombardier of Canada.

DESCRIPTION

100-seat version of 70-seat Bombardier jet

STATUS

Mitsubishi and Bombardier worked together to build Bombardier's Global Express, a 20-seat jet unveiled last year. Mitsubishi made the wing. However, timing of the new project is uncertain. Both parties had hoped to include Boeing, but that now seems unlikely

COST

N.A.

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