Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) signed a definitive agreement on March 21 to cooperate on four areas or “program commonalities” of their respective C Series and C919 narrowbody airliners.
Prospective Chinese business jet owners have an excellent choice of Western-made products here at the ABACE show in Shanghai, but might they one day be able to buy a business aircraft built in their own country? Reports have been brewing in recent months that at least one Western manufacturer is in talks with China’s Comac aerospace group with a view to some sort of joint aircraft development. But, as of press time, nothing had been confirmed.
A busy news cycle for Boeing climaxed last Tuesday with the company’s first so-called collaborative agreement with China’s Comac, under which the would-be rivals agreed to create an aviation energy conservation emissions reduction technology center in Beijing.
Boeing and China’s Comac have signed their first so-called collaboration agreement centering on the creation of an aviation energy conservation and emissions reduction technology center in Beijing, the companies announced Tuesday.
China’s Comac has selected Crane Aerospace to provide the door signals system for its new C919 airliner. The system will monitor and communicate the position of the C919 fuselage doors, cargo doors and flight locks. It communicates the status of the doors and locks to other aircraft systems as well as too panels mounted on the doors.
With a firm launch customer in hand and fourth test aircraft ready to take flight, two years ago China’s ARJ21 program appeared to have found its stride just as the last Singapore Airshow approached in 2010.
Garuda Indonesia has ordered CFM International’s Leap-1A engines to power the airline’s 10 Airbus A320neo jets. The $220 million deal takes total business for the new Leap turbofan family to nearly 2,450 engines worth $29 billion at list prices. The Leap series will power three aircraft types: the A320neo (Leap-1A), Boeing 737 Max (Leap-1B) and Comac C919 (Leap-1C).
Safran’s Labinal and Comac have established a Shanghai-based joint venture known as Shanghai Saifei Aviation Ewis Manufacturing, with Comac taking a 51-percent share. A signing ceremony at the Paris Air Show this week formally created the new company, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in February. The new venture specializes in electrical wiring interconnection systems, which it is providing for the Comac C-919 airliner.
Canada’s Bombardier and China’s Comac will become close partners in the coming years under the terms of a framework agreement signed between the two companies in March that calls for cooperation in seven major areas, according to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft vice president of international business Ben Boehm.
China’s new single-aisle aircraft, the Comac C919, has amassed its first 100 orders and a heavyweight team of international suppliers as it heads for a scheduled first flight just three years from now and service entry in 2016. Only a scale model is on show here at Le Bourget this week, but the program represents nothing less than China’s first serious bid to hit the international air transport big time.