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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.
Government-owned corporation
Industry Aerospace
Founded 11 May 2008
Headquarters Shanghai, China (PRC)
Key people
Zhang Qingwei (Chairman of the Board)
Jin Zhuanglong (General Manager)
Products Commercial airliners
Parent AVIC
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
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 中国商飞
Traditional Chinese 中國商飛
Factory of COMAC

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (Comac) is a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer established on 11 May 2008 in Shanghai, China.[1] The company has a registered capital of RMB 19 billion (US$2.7 billion as of May 2008). The government-owned corporation is a designer and constructor of large passenger aircraft capacities of over 150 passengers, in an effort aimed at reducing the China's dependency on Boeing and Airbus.[2]

The first jet to be marketed is the ARJ21 developed by AVIC I, which will be followed by the C919 planned for release in 2016.[3] The company head office is in Pudong, Shanghai.[4]

The C919, which can seat up to 168 passengers, is meant to compete in the market for single-aisle jets dominated by Airbus Industrie's A320 and Boeing Co.'s 737.[5]



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
A model of the Comac C919

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 Late 2015
C919 Twin‑engine, single aisle, short- to medium-range 150−190 2016 Late 2018
C929 Twin‑engine, twin aisle 250−290 proposed
C939 Twin‑engine, twin aisle 270−390 proposed

Bombardier collaboration[edit]

On 24 March 2011, Comac and 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.[6][7]

Products included in the programme include:

Boeing collaboration[edit]

On September 23, 2015, Boeing announced plans to build a Boeing 737 completion and finishing plant in China.[8] The facility will be used to paint exteriors and install interiors into air-frames built in the United States. The location for the plant has not yet been revealed.[9]

Ryanair agreement[edit]

In June 2011 COMAC and Irish low-cost airline Ryanair signed an agreement to co-operate on the development of the C919, a 200-seat single-aisle aircraft which will compete with the Boeing 737 and Air bus A320.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An Lu (11 May 2008). "China's jumbo passenger aircraft company established in Shanghai". Xinhua. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Staff writers (11 May 2008). "Chinese plane business gets wings". BBC News. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Ben Sandilands (8 September 2009). "China models its airliner ambitions". Crikey. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Contact Us." Comac. Retrieved on 10 November 2012. "25 Zhangyang Road, Shanghai" - Chinese: "上海市张杨路25号"
  5. ^ China unveils jetliner in bid to compete with Boeing, Airbus
  6. ^ "COMAC and Bombardier Sign Strategic Agreement on Commercial Aircraft" (Press release). Bombardier. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Jon Ostrower (1 April 2011). "Many questions surround Bombardier/Comac partnership". Flight Global. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "China orders 300 Boeing planes worth $38 billion". Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Loren. "Boeing To Build Its First Offshore Plane Factory In China As Ex-Im Bank Withers". Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  10. ^ Ryanair and Comac (Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China) Sign C 919...

External links[edit]

Media related to Comac at Wikimedia Commons