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China's aviation expansion faces turbulence

Already Asia's biggest aircraft buyer, China is developing its own passenger jets and building scores of airports but aviation expansion faces turbulence from slowing growth, inadequate infrastructure and airspace limits.

China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
China-economy-aviation-technology, FOCUS by Bill Savadove In this picture taken on June 24, 2014, a China Southern Airlines plane is prepared at Beijing international airport. Already Asia's biggest aircraft buyer, China is developing its own passenger jets and building scores of airports but aviation expansion faces turbulence from slowing growth, inadequate infrastructure and airspace limits. (AFP/Getty Images)
China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
China-economy-aviation-technology, FOCUS by Bill Savadove In this picture taken on June 24, 2014, passengers sleep in the arrivals section of Beijing international airport. Already Asia's biggest aircraft buyer, China is developing its own passenger jets and building scores of airports but aviation expansion faces turbulence from slowing growth, inadequate infrastructure and airspace limits. (AFP/Getty Images)
China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
China-economy-aviation-technology, FOCUS by Bill Savadove In this picture taken on June 24, 2014, a man looks out at an Air China plane through a window at Beijing international airport. Already Asia's biggest aircraft buyer, China is developing its own passenger jets and building scores of airports but aviation expansion faces turbulence from slowing growth, inadequate infrastructure and airspace limits. (AFP/Getty Images)
China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
China-economy-aviation-technology, FOCUS by Bill Savadove This photo taken on May 21, 2014 shows a man walking past model planes at the COMAC final assembly and manufacturing centre in Shanghai. Already Asias biggest aircraft buyer, China is developing its own passenger jets and building scores of airports but aviation expansion faces turbulence from slowing growth, inadequate infrastructure and airspace limits. (AFP/Getty Images)
China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
Chinese businessmen leave a Gulfstream G650 luxury business jet during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014) at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport on April 15, 2014. Private plane ownership in China is still miniscule compared to countries like the US. State media reported only 150 such aircraft registered in 2011, despite an estimated one million millionaires as a result of the nation's economic boom. (AFP/Getty Images)
China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
Airbus flight engineer Luke Mifsud (R) explains the cockpit controls on a A319 private business jet to Chinese potential customers during the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE2014) at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport on April 14, 2014. Private plane ownership in China is still miniscule compared to countries like the US. State media reported only 150 such aircraft registered in 2011, despite an estimated one million millionaires as a result of the nation's economic boom. (AFP/Getty Images)
China's aviation expansion faces turbulence
China-France-EU-aviation-Airbus,FOCUS by Julien GIRAULT This picture taken on February 24, 2014 shows an Airbus A320 being assembled at the Airbus assembly plant in Tianjin. In a series of vast hangars, dozens of Chinese technicians swarm over fuselages of Airbus A320 planes, foot soldiers in the battle to dominate what will become the world's largest aircraft market. (AFP/Getty Images)