|A model of the future C919 in flight|
|Role||Narrow-body jet airliner|
|National origin||People's Republic of China|
|First flight||Late 2015 (projected)|
|Number built||building 1 prototype.|
The Comac C919 is a planned family of 158-174 seat narrow-body airliners to be built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). It will be the largest commercial airliner designed and built in China since the defunct Shanghai Y-10. Its first flight is expected to take place in 2015, with first deliveries scheduled for late 2016.
The C919 forms part of China's long-term goal to break Airbus and Boeing's duopoly, and is intended to compete against Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Russian MS-21. As a long term plan the twin‑engine, twin aisle C929 and C939 are proposed, offering 300 and 400 seats, respectively.
Construction of the nose section of the aircraft commenced on 2 September 2009.
Comac applied for a type certificate for the aircraft from the Civil Aviation Authority of China on 28 October 2010. The company plans to conduct the first flight of the C919 in 2014, with deliveries beginning in 2016, whereas Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer of EADS, assumes a competition outside China around 2020.
In June 2011 COMAC and Irish low-cost airline Ryanair signed an agreement to co-operate on the development of the C-919 On 24 November 2011, Comac announced the completion of the joint definition phase, marking the end of the preliminary design of the C919. The company said it planned to cut the first metal for the aircraft in December 2011, with estimated completion of the detailed design phase in 2012.
With an estimated development cost of $8.3 billion, Comac plans to produce 5-10 planes per year in 2016 and 2017, ramping could be up to 150 C919s subsequently. The company intends to manufacture up to 2,300 aircraft of that type.
Design and assembly of the aircraft will be done in Shanghai, using foreign-made jet engines and avionics. However, China has expressed its desire to produce a domestically-made engine for the C919.
The center wing box, outer wing box, wing panels, flaps and ailerons are planned to be built in Xi'an, China. The center fuselage sections are planned to be built in Hongdu, China. The airframe will be made largely of aluminium alloy, while the center wing box also makes use of carbonfiber composites.
CFM International will supply a version of the LEAP engine, the LEAP-1C, to power the aircraft. The engine's nacelle, thrust reverser and exhaust system will be provided by Nexcelle, with such features as an advanced inlet configuration, the extensive use of composites and acoustic treatment and an electrically-operated thrust reverser. Michelin will supply Air X radial tyres.
Dimensions of the C919 are very similar to the Airbus A320, possibly to allow for a common pallet to be used. Its fuselage will be 3.96 metres (13 feet) wide, and 4.166 metres (13 feet, 8 inches) high, producing a cross-section of 12.915 square metres (139 square feet). The wingspan will be 33.6 metres (110 feet, 3 inches), or 35.4 metres (116 feet, 3 inches) if winglets are included.
According to a film shown by Comac at the 2010 Zhuhai Airshow, the company plans to build six different models of the aircraft: a base passenger aircraft with 168 seats, as well as stretched and shrunk passenger versions, business jet and freighter models, and a type designated only as "special".
The Comac C919 is intended to be a new entrant in the market of commercial airliners. Ongoing fuel price increases, being especially damaging to the low-cost flying model, was probably the main reason for Ryanair's interest in the project. Generally, the low-cost airlines change planes frequently to avoid paying too much for fuel, because their model focus on making as many flights as possible. Direct competitor - Boeing 737 unit cost of (low space variant)$32–$90 million means that target price for this airplane should be lower. The Airbus A320 costs even more, from US$67.7 million to US$103.6 million. The Comac developers have not announced a price tag for each plane, although based on industry speculation current orders for 2012 could be worth more than US $26 billion. This with 2012 orders for 380  lead to projected average price of about $68 million.
Some experts, however, say the C919 will not be an unbeatable aircraft either technologically or commercially when it enters service given the plane's strong dependence on foreign suppliers. In particular, the price of the engines is one of the key cost factors in aircraft manufacturing, and it probably will be bought from CFM International Inc. (LEAP-X1C engine), the same company that sells CFM International CFM56 used by direct competitors. In 2013, state owned newspaper Global Times complained that an Aviation Week editorial about the bleak prospects for the aircraft "maliciously disparaged the future outlook for the C919".
Orders and deliveries
At the 2010 Zhuhai Airshow, Comac announced orders for 55 C919 aircraft from six airlines, with an additional 45 options. The purchasing airlines or lessors were China Eastern Airlines, Air China, [Eastern Airlines],Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, CDB Leasing Company, and GE Capital Aviation Services.
On 20 October 2011, Chinese leasing company ICBC Leasing announced an order for 45 C919s, as well as an agreement to be the launch customer for the aircraft.
|ABC Financial Leasing||45||0||Leasing company owned by Agricultural Bank of China|
|Air China||20||0||Beijing based airline|
|BOC Aviation||20||0||Wholly owned by Bank of China, former leasing company of Singapore|
|BOCOMM Leasing||30||0||Leasing company and unit of Shanghai based Bank of Communications|
|CCB Financial Leasing||50||0||Leasing company owned by China Construction Bank and Bank of America|
|CDB Leasing Company||10||0||Leasing company and unit of Beijing based China Development Bank|
|China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC)||20||0||Leasing company based in Hong Kong|
|China Eastern Airlines||20||0||Shanghai based airline|
|China Southern Airlines||20||0||Guangzhou based airline|
|GECAS (General Electric Capital Aviation Services)||20||0||Leasing company based in Stamford, CT and Shannon, Ireland; unit of General Electric|
|Hainan Airlines||20||0||Haikou based airline under Grand China Air|
|Hebei Airlines||20||0||Shijiazhuang based airline|
|ICBC Leasing||45||0||Leasing company of Beijing, China based Industrial and Commercial Bank of China|
|Industrial Bank Financial Leasing Co Ltd||20||0||Leasing company of Fuzhou, China based Industrial Bank Co.|
|Sichuan Airlines||20||0||Chengdu based airline with 40% provincial ownership|
|C919-Mixed||C919-All ECO||C919-High Density|
|Seating capacity||156 (2-class)||168 (1-class)||174 (1-class)|
|Seat pitch base line||8 pax 38in - 150 pax 32in||168 pax 32in||174 pax 30in|
|Length||38.9 metres (127 ft 7 in)|
|Wingspan||35.8 metres (117 ft 5 in)|
|Wing area||129.15 square metres (1,390 square feet)|
|Height||11.95 metres (39 ft 2 in)|
|Cabin width||3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in)|
|Cabin height||2.25 metres (7 ft 5 in)|
|Typical empty weight|
|Maximum take-off weight||170,400 pounds (77,300 kg) extended range|
|Range fully loaded||4,075 km (2,200 nmi)||5,555 km (2,999 nmi)|
|Max. operating speed||Mach 0.785 900 kilometres (560 mi) (extended range)|
|Normal cruise speed||834 kilometres (518 mi)|
|Take off run at MTOW|
|Service Ceiling||12,100 metres (39,700 ft)|
|Powerplants (2x)||CFM International LEAP 1C|
|Engine thrust||25,000–30,000 lbf (110,000–130,000 N)|
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