China certifies C919 jet to compete with Airbus and Boeing

Oct. 4, 2022
The C919 will compete against the popular Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX families in the world's second-biggest aviation market as China looks to boost its technological self-reliance amid trade tensions, Sophie Yu and Stella Qiu report for Reuters.

BEIJING - China held a ceremony last Thursday to certify its C919 narrowbody passenger jet, photos on social media showed, representing a major milestone in the country's ambitions to challenge Airbus and Boeing in commercial aerospace, Sophie Yu and Stella Qiu report for ReutersContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

4 October 2022 - While the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) 919 aims to compete with aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing, the Chinese-made aircraft - which can seat 158 to 168 passengers - is powered by technology from familiar western faces. CFM International provides the powerplant with its LEAP turbofan - the same engine that gets the A320neo and 737 MAX families into the sky.

Avionics were devleoped by GE and China's Aviation Industry Systems (AVIC) and Honeywell was awarded a contract to supply auxiliary power units alongside other technologies. Parker Aerospace and AVIC were contracted to provide the aircraft's fly-by-wire flight control actuation, fuel inerting and hydraulic systems for the aircraft. Finally, Liebherr-Aerospace was awarded a contract to supply the landing gear and air management system.

"The C919 will gradually begin to replace single-aisle aircraft made by Boeing and Airbus," in China, a research note by Huaxi Securities said this month. "In the next 20 years, China's demand for narrowbody passenger aircraft like the C919 will be on average 300 per year."

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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