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Taiwan aerospace firm receives NT$3 billion of orders at Paris Air Show

2023-06-22
Focus Taiwan
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A jet trainer developed and produced by AIDC is seen in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of AIDC
A jet trainer developed and produced by AIDC is seen in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of AIDC

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) has received more than NT$3 billion (US$96.87 million) of orders at the Paris Air Show, the company announced Tuesday.

AIDC said in a statement that it has renewed a contract with a major European aircraft maker and won 6-years worth of orders for single-aisle passenger aircraft components during the trade fair that opened Monday and will last until Sunday.

Aside from the order, AIDC said it has recently signed long-term contracts with international engine manufacturers and passenger aircraft makers for sales of items including compressor bearings, combustion engine parts, turbine support parts and other aircraft components, which are expected to contribute NT$10 billion to the company's revenue.

AIDC said it has also signed a five-year memorandum of cooperation with a major Japanese passenger airplane manufacturer, and also plans to cooperate with a major Korean aircraft manufacturer on the supply of composite parts for commercial passenger airplanes.

Anticipating strong air passenger demand following the lifting of COVID-19 border restrictions, American publicly traded company Honeywell in its 2022 Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasted that up to 8,500 new business jet deliveries worth US$274 billion would take place over the next decade, which is up 15 percent on what was predicted 10 years ago for the same time frame.

In addition, Forecast International, a U.S. market analysis firm, predicts about 155,000 aircraft engines will be delivered from 2022 to 2031, with a total market value of more than US$900 billion, the statement said.

AIDC said the company's revenue last year hit NT$30.2 billion, a record high, and that booming sales are expected to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

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