Home' Asian Aviation : AAV April 2011 Contents COMAC C919 enters final
design definition phase
Commercial Aircra Corporation
of China (COMAC) announced
at Asian Aerospace 2011 that
it has completed preliminary
design of its planned C919
jetliner and is now entering the
nal design de nition phase.
e C919 programme remains on track for entry
into commercial ser vice in 2016, the manufacturer
COMAC displayed models of the new C919 and
the ARJ21 regional aircra at the show, where it was
the largest exhibitor.
e C919 is the rst single-aisle, medium-range
jetliner developed by the company and is designed
to accommodate 150 passengers. At the Zhuhai
Airshow in November 2010, COMAC announced
combined orders for 100 of the aircra from China s
three biggest airlines. In December, the Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) o cially accepted
the company s application for a type certi cate.
Shanghai-based COMAC says it has drawn
upon the experience of many of the world s leading
aerospace companies to support the programme.
e company has developed partnerships with both
domestic and international aerospace suppliers, who
have been selected to provide structural components,
materials, engines and other aircra systems.
Nine Chinese manufacturers, including Chengdu
Commercial Aircra and Xian Aircra Industrial
have already been contracted to supply major
structural components for the C919. A further 22
Chinese and 17 international suppliers, including
CFM International and Honeywell, have been
selected to provide systems and components for the
In 2011, the C919 programme will enter its
final design-definition phase, which will lay the
foundation to proceed in 2012 with production,
testing and certi cation. Detailed design will be
completed by 2012 to support a rst ight in 2014.
Type certi cation is expected to be completed by
2016, followed shortly a erwards by the rst delivery.
Established in May 2008, COMAC says it aims "to
become a world-class manufacturer of commercial
aircra , o ering the world s airlines safe, economical,
comfortable and environmentally friendly modern
commercial airliners". n
The 150-seat C919 is expected to have its first flight in 2014
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500 executive jets. The LGHCU monitors and controls the position of landing gear and gear
doors, hydraulic valves and nose-wheel steering. Both aircraft types will be fitted with two of
the devices and several dozen proximity sensors. Separately, Crane announced that it signed
an authorised repair services agreement with Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
(GAMECO) at the Asian Aerospace show. Under the agreement, GAMECO will serve as an
authorised repair station in China for Crane products including fuel pumps, engine fuel flow
meters, brake control wheel speed transducers and control valves, all used on Boeing aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace announced at
the show that it has delivered the rst
Challenger 300 jet to be operated
from China to charter operator
Donghai Jet, based in Shenzhen,
e aircra is the rst of ve Challenger 300s
ordered by Donghai Jet on 13 November last year.
e aircra was handed over on 9 March, during
a ceremony with executives from both companies at
the Hong Kong show. e Challenger 300 joins a
Challenger 605 already in service with Donghai Jet.
" is is a very important milestone for Bombardier s
growing China-based fleet," says David Dixon,
Bombardier s vice-president of sales for the Asia-Paci c
region. " e Challenger 300 jet will o er Donghai Jet s
customers the perfect combination of performance
and comfort for their increasing travel requirements
Donghai Jet, which has its headquarters at Shenzhen
airport, was jointly established by Shenzhen Donggang
Investment Development, East Paci c Holdings and
Win Glory Enterprises, a Sino -foreign joint venture.
In addition to charter ser vices, Donghai also provides
trading consultation, management and maintenance
ser vices for business jets.
Bombardier, which has had a presence in China
for 50 years, says it is well-positioned to support its
customers increasing travel requirements. e business
jet manufacturer operates sales o ces in Beijing and in
Hong Kong and has three Authorized Ser vice Facilities
in the region. In addition, a Regional Support O ce
in Hong Kong is scheduled to open in the rst quarter
According to Bombardier, China is emerging as one
of the key markets for business aviation. Globalization,
increased travel requirements by business people and
a general positive trend towards the acceptance of
business aviation all contribute to increased activity
in the region.
e company s July 2010 Business Aircra Market
Forecast predicted deliveries totalling 600 business
aircra into the country China from 2010 to 2019. n
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