COMAC is seeing some real progress as key parts arrive for assembly of the first C919.
Chinese trade media report the aft bulkhead section of the first C919, manufactured by Aerospace Haiying Zhenjiang Special Materials Limited Company, was delivered to COMAC February 11. This section reportedly employs the largest proportion of composite materials, with 37 composite material components.
Based on related airworthiness regulations and quality requirements, Shanghai Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC conducted a comprehensive review of the aft section of the first C919’s rear fuselage and issued an airworthiness approval tag for it.
Next came the tail. AVIC Shenyang Commercial Aircraft Corporation Limited (SACC) officially delivered the empennage of the first C919 aircraft to COMAC on February 13. The fin includes the vertical stabilizer and rudder. Most of the components are made of composite materials. The tail was transported to COMAC’s Pudong base on February 15.
Reports indicate that this hitherto secret program (started in 2012) is now being made public. The China Youth Daily reports “Russia and China are set to develop the wide-body aircraft next year,” said Jin Zhuanglong, Chairman of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) while attending the 18th World Management Forum hosted by School of Management at Fudan University. The proposed aircraft is to seat 300. Continue reading
Another OEM squeaked under the year end wire. China’s first domestic regional jet has officially been certified. This means COMAC can move forward with the ARJ21’s entry into service. The ARJ21-700 won its certificate after a series of examinations by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The ARJ21, short for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century, is eight years behind schedule. It has 78 seats in a dual-class configuration and 90 seats in a full economy configuration. Launch customer Chengdu Airlines should take delivery in early 2015.
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At the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Chinese OEM COMAC (no link because we cannot get www.comac.cc to load) signed an MoU with the Republic of Congo’s Ministry of Transport for three ARJ21-700s. The order consists of two ARJ21-700 regional jets and one ARJ21-700 business jet. The Republic of Congo also is known as Congo-Brazzaville. Continue reading