Skywings continue to release new models using the Panda moulds. The most recent were four Okay Airways 737-800s (with slightly different logos) and they have just released four China Eastern A330-200s. None of these are likely to float the boat of your average non-Chinese collector though they are all nicely made - if a little bland.
The remaining models are Shanghai Airlines 737-300s (passenger and freighter variants) and the long awaited Chengdu Airlines ARJ-21. It looks increasingly unlikely that any substantial number of the order backlog for the ARJ-21 will ever enter service, but Panda have shown a refreshing willingness to make niche types and the ARJ-21 is most welcome - to me at least. Ironically this one operator aircraft type is being made at a time we can't get obvious MD-80s, 757s or a new DC-9-10 mould.
So China marches on and Panda and Skywings continue to show initiative and attention to detail that the other manufacturers don't seem bothered to achieve.
13/3/2017 07:12:48 pm
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