Comac’s new twin-engine airliner C919 will be ready for flight-tests in 2016 after several years of delay. As the largest commercial airliner built in China, the C919 is meant to be a low cost rival of the Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320.
Comac is willing to produce between 20 and 50 C919s a year with the intent to satisfy a third of the Chinese demand. And although not yet certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Chinese manufacturer is aiming a fifth of the global market and claims having received over 500 orders of the C919 from air carriers and air charter companies.
Though the C919 is considered a “Made in China” aircraft, a significant number of its components were made in France, Germany and the U.S. The narrow-body airliner promises a range of 2,999 nm (5,555 km), a seating capacity of 156 to 174 seats, and a life of 90,000 flying hours.