Workers roll out the first C919 passenger jet at the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) in Shanghai on November 2. Scientists say the new pure-metal breakthrough could make Chinese planes of the future even more competitive and safer. Photo: EPA

Plane sailing: Titanium-made aircraft may give China new edge in aviation as scientists develop method to make pure metal better than alloys

Scientists say new material could make Chinese aeroplanes 10 per cent tougher than Western rivals, and safer to boot, but same tech may find initial applications in surgery, implants

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Workers roll out the first C919 passenger jet at the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) in Shanghai on November 2. Scientists say the new pure-metal breakthrough could make Chinese planes of the future even more competitive and safer. Photo: EPA
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