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Coordinates: 31°05′43″N 121°51′10″E / 31.0951801°N 121.852788°E / 31.0951801; 121.852788

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.
Founded11 May 2008; 12 years ago (11 May 2008)
HeadquartersPudong, Shanghai, China
Key people
Jin Zhuanglong (Chairman of the Board)
He Dongfeng (Chief Executive)
ProductsCommercial airliners
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.
Simplified Chinese中国商用飞机有限责任公司
Traditional Chinese中國商用飛機有限責任公司
Simplified Chinese中国
Traditional Chinese中國商飛
COMAC factory

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC, Chinese: 中国商用飞机有限责任公司) is a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer established on 11 May 2008 in Shanghai.[1] The headquarters are in Pudong, Shanghai.[2] The company has a registered capital of RMB 19 billion (US$2.7 billion as of May 2008). The corporation is a designer and constructor of large passenger aircraft with capacities of over 150 passengers, in an effort to supplant Boeing and Airbus.[3]

The first jet to be marketed is the ARJ21 developed by China Aviation Industry Corporation I, which will be followed by the C919, which made its maiden flight in 2017[4] and has attracted interest from Chinese airlines.[5] The C919, which can seat up to 168 passengers, is meant to compete in the market for single-aisle jets dominated by Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.



COMAC, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, was established on 11 May 2008 in Shanghai. It was established jointly by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Aluminum Corporation of China, Baosteel Group Corporation, Sinochem Group, Shanghai Guosheng Corporation Limited, and State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.


A Comac ARJ21-700 in flight at the 2010 Zhuhai Airshow

Model naming convention[edit]

For all models sold beginning with the Comac C919, COMAC's naming system for commercial airliners has taken the form of 9X9.[citation needed]

Aircraft in production or development[edit]

Product list and details (date information from Comac)
Aircraft Variants Description Capacity First Flight Launch Customer
First Delivery
Production Ceased
ARJ21 700,900,F,B Twin‑engine, single aisle, short-range 70−105 28 November 2008 28 November 2015[6]
C919 Twin‑engine, single aisle, short- to medium-range 150−190 5 May 2017[7] 2021[8]
C929 500,600,700 Twin‑engine, twin aisle, long-range 250−290 2023+[9] 2026+[9]
C939 Twin‑engine, twin aisle 390−400 proposed

Orders and deliveries[edit]

Aircraft Orders Deliveries In operation Unfilled
C909 375 31 31 344
C919 1008 0 0 1008
C929 1 0 0 0
C939 500 0 0 0
Total 1,383 31 31 1,352

|style="text-align: left"| C939 || 200|| 0|| 0 || 0



On 24 March 2011, Comac and the Canadian company Bombardier Inc. signed a framework agreement for a long-term strategic cooperation on commercial aircraft. The intention is to break the near-duopoly of Airbus and Boeing.[10][11]

Products included in the programme include[citation needed]:

In May 2017, Bombardier and Comac began holding talks about an investment into Bombardier's passenger jet business.[12]


On 23 September 2015, Boeing announced plans to build a Boeing 737 completion and finishing plant in China.[13] The facility will be used to paint exteriors and install interiors into airframes built in the United States.[14] The joint-venture plant will be located in Zhoushan, Zhejiang.[15]


In June 2011 COMAC and Irish low-cost airline Ryanair signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of the C919, a 200-seat narrow-body commercial jet which will compete with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.[16]


China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Co. Ltd. (CRAIC), a joint venture company invested by COMAC and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) responsible for the development of a wide-body commercial jet was established in Shanghai on 22 May 2017. Research and development for the new plane will be conducted in Moscow, and it will be assembled in Shanghai.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An Lu (11 May 2008). "China's jumbo passenger aircraft company established in Shanghai". Xinhua. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  2. ^ 联系我们 (in Chinese). COMAC. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2020. 上海市张杨路25号
  3. ^ Staff writers (11 May 2008). "Chinese plane business gets wings". BBC News. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ "With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus". Reuters. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ Ben Sandilands (8 September 2009). "China models its airliner ambitions". Crikey. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  6. ^ "China's COMAC delivers first ARJ21 jet plane to domestic airline". Reuters. 28 November 2015.
  7. ^ "China's first big passenger plane takes off for maiden flight". BBC News. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  8. ^ "China's COMAC says first delivery of C919 jet planned for 2021". Reuters. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ a b 中俄合研宽体机全球征选供应商 “闭关”十年直面竞争 (in Chinese). Sina Finance. 3 November 2016.
  10. ^ "COMAC and Bombardier Sign Strategic Agreement on Commercial Aircraft" (Press release). Bombardier. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  11. ^ Jon Ostrower (1 April 2011). "Many questions surround Bombardier/Comac partnership". Flight Global. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  12. ^ Weinland, Don (18 May 2017). "Chinese group in talks to aid struggling jet maker Bombardier". Financial Times. United Kingdom. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  13. ^ "China orders 300 Boeing planes worth $38 billion". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  14. ^ Thompson, Loren. "Boeing To Build Its First Offshore Plane Factory In China As Ex-Im Bank Withers". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  15. ^ Boeing to build plant in Zhoushan. Shanghai Daily.
  16. ^ Ryanair and Comac (Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China) Sign C 919...
  17. ^ "China-Russia joint venture to develop wide-body commercial jet". China Daily.


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