Posted on: 08 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has completed the preliminary design phase of its C919 airliner family and is now entering into the final design definition phase, keeping the programme on time for entry into service in 2016.
COMAC is displaying models of the C919 and the ARJ21 regional aircraft at Asian Aerospace 2011, where it has the largest exhibit.
COMAC has orders and commitments for 100 C919s from all three major carriers in China plus some lessors. During the development of the C919, COMAC has drawn upon the experience of many of the world’s leading aerospace companies to support the programme. Nine local manufacturing enterprises including Chengdu Commercial Aircraft and Xian Aircraft Industrial Cooperation have also been contracted to supply major structural components for the C919 airliner. A total of 22 domestic and 17 international suppliers will provide systems and components.
The C919 now enters the final design definition phase. Detailed design will be completed by 2012 to support the first flight in 2014. Type Certification is scheduled 2016 followed shortly after by delivery to the first customer.