China's C919 passenger plane enters into service

June 8, 2023
The 164-seater still relies heavily on Western components, including engines and avionics, BBC reports.

BEIJING - China's first domestically-manufactured large passenger jet has successfully completed its maiden commercial flight. State TV showed the C919 rising into the skies above Shanghai, heading to the capital Beijing early on Sunday. It was built by the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (Comac) in the hope of breaking the dominance of Airbus and Boeing's single-aisle jets. But the 164-seater still relies heavily on Western components, including engines and avionics, BBC reports. Continue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 June 2023 - 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.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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