GE, AVIC Partnership to Supply Systems for Comac C919

 - July 12, 2010, 12:45 PM

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has chosen the proposed joint venture between GE Aviation Systems and China’s AVIC Systems to supply the core processing system, display system and on-board maintenance system for the newly launched Comac C919 single-aisle jet. Under the terms of the letter of intent signed today, the AVIC-GE joint venture would also integrate the airplane’s entire avionics system.

The modular avionics system offered by the proposed AVIC-GE joint venture would form the backbone of the C919’s networks and electronics and will host the airplane’s avionics, maintenance and utility functions. The system replaces dozens of traditional, standalone computers fitted to aircraft flying today, resulting in weight savings, improved reliability and reduced operating cost.

The integrated avionics systems that GE AVIC has agreed to provide for the Comac C919 include an open-architecture, integrated modular avionics core processing system, a large-area display system, an on-board maintenance system and the flight recording system.

Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, and Lin Zuoming, president of AVIC, signed a framework agreement last November 15 to form the proposed joint venture to develop and market integrated avionics systems for commercial aircraft customers. The parties now are putting in place “definitive documentation” needed for all regulatory approvals.

Comac expects the 150-seat C919 to enter commercial service in 2016. It forecasts a global demand for more than 2,300 aircraft over 20 years.