The largest manufacturer of aircraft in China Aviation Industry Corporation of China is developing a passenger airship AS700 to meet the growing demand for air tours.
According to Zhang Jinhua, the chief designer of the research division AVIC, engineers of the aircraft enterprise are engaged in the design of a new aircraft since 2018. The first flight tests should begin in the second half of 2021.
The future airship with piston engines will be able to stay in the air to 10 hours and fly about 700 km. The spaces on its board will be enough for one pilot and nine passengers, as well as kitchen, restroom and modern technique.
In addition to sightseeing air tours, such aircraft can be used for various research purposes, civil operations, freight and rescue operations. At the same time, the costs of their construction, operation and maintenance will be lower compared to aircraft and helicopters.
Experts have been suggested for several years that soon
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