The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has opened its first overseas subsidiary, Comac America Corp., on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Newport Beach, Calif.
Prior to establishing its U.S. operation, China's state-run airframe manufacturer has already established cooperation with global suppliers, including GE Aviation, UTC and Honeywell. Short-term goals for Comac in the U.S. include developing business in airworthiness certification, supplier management and marketing.
"Founding of the subsidiary corporation in North America is aimed to further Comac's relationship with local civil aviation authorities, aerospace companies and academic institutions, mainly in areas such as airworthiness certification," Comac said in a statement.
Comac is still awaiting certification of its ARJ21 regional airliner from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), and the establishment of its U.S. base should help the company obtain FAA certification of the aircraft in the near future.