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Can China’s C919 Be The Next Boeing 737?

BY JST NEWS

Comac C919 cockpit

Boeing and Airbus are in for a major competition, coming from none other than China.

The country has released Comac C919, the 168-seater was unveiled during a ceremony, in front of 4,000 attendees near Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. C919 will not test its first flight until next year, but it’s the first large passenger aircraft made in China in more than decades.

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Since the 1970s, Jiang Qing, who was Mao Zedong’s wife supported projects regarding China’s civil aircraft production. At the time Y-10 were manufactured, but proved to be unusable due to weight issues. Although C919 project first began in 2008, it also experienced quite a few delays. The first model off the production line was rolled out in Shanghai on November 2, 2015.

Comac C919 manufacture

Li Jiaxing, China’s Civil Aviation Chief, said:

 

A great nation must have its own large commercial aircraft. China’s air transport industry cannot completely rely on imports.

C919 is manufactured by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, who is currently processing 517 orders from 21 customers composed of Chinese airlines and leasing companies such as GE Capital Aviation Services. Other suppliers include foreign companies such as: Honeywell and Rockwell Collins (USA) CFM International for the aircraft’s engines which is a partnership between General Electric (USA) and Safran (France.)

Comac C919

Currently, the single-aisle jets industry has been heavily dominated by both AirbusA320 and Boeing 737. C919 is China’s entrance to the competition, and its move beyond low-cost aircraft manufacturing.

As a long term plan the twin‑engine,twin aisle C929 and C939 are proposed, offering 300 and 400 seats, respectively.

If the test flights prove the aircraft conditions to be excellent, we’ll be able to ride C919 commercially starting in 2019.

Comac C919 interior

 

Source: BBC. Additional reporting by Jetset Times. 

Photos: Comac
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