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.
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China
Pratt & Whitney has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Comac, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, for cooperation on leadership training. The programs, conducted by the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center in collaboration with Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky, provide targeted curricula for senior executives, mid-level managers and high-potential employees.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) and Canada’s Bombardier today signed a so-called framework agreement to establish long-term strategic cooperation on commercial aircraft. The collaboration “will leverage the synergies and strengths of both companies to develop mutually beneficial projects,” said Bombardier in a statement.
Last month’s China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai provided a boost for those in business aviation growing tired of hearing about the country’s seemingly limitless, but so far unfulfilled, scope for growth in this sector. The number of business jets in China is set to soar from its current level of 100 or so to between 700 and 900 by 2019, according to the latest manufacturer projections made at the event.
China’s Comac delivered on its promise to make a splash at this week’s Zhuhai Airshow today, as the state-controlled aerospace conglomerate revealed the identities of no fewer than six customers for the new C919 narrowbody. Together, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, China’s CDB Leasing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have placed orders for 100 aircraft, according to Comac.
Motion and control-technology company Parker Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand A18), a division of Parker Hannifin, has won valuable systems business from Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) for the 170-passenger C919 single-aisle airliner. The company designs, manufactures and services fluid, fuel, flight-control and engine components and systems for aerospace and other industries.
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.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) said its ARJ21 flight-test program has passed the 500-hour mark. Four General Electric CF34-10A-powered ARJ21-700 aircraft are participating in the test program. GE has provided engine spares to Comac, in addition to carrying out its own ground testing involving three engines totaling 750 hours of testing.
China’s Comac has awarded Parker Hannifin and Honeywell supply contracts for the 150- to 190-seat C919 narrowbody airliner, the U.S. companies announced today.
Last week China flew a new home-grown heavy-lift helicopter for the first time. The AC313 tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people, has a maximum ferry range of 560 miles and was built at state-owned AVIC, the same company making Sikorsky S-76C++ airframes. The AC313 appears to be an outgrowth of the 14,000-pound Chinese Zhi-8. That medium helicopter is based on the 1970s-vintage Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon.