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Why China's C919 is flying while Mitsubishi's SpaceJet isn't

Beijing's direct and indirect support carried COMAC through challenges

| Japan
Design, flight testing and certification issues repeatedly delayed the SpaceJet's entry-into-service timelines. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)

Bradley Dailey is director at Alton Aviation Consultancy. Yuichi Takayama is Alton's Japan practice leader.

In 2008, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China each launched their first commercial aircraft development programs.

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